Date of Award
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Scripture References in this Resource
Matthew 18:20; Acts 19:13; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ezra 10:19; Habakkuk 2:4; Joel 2:13; John 16:23; John 20:22-23; John 8:11; Leviticus 16:29; Leviticus 23:29; Leviticus 4:20; Luke 13:3; 5; Luke 4:48; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:15-18; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 9:2; Psalm 19:12
Cursory study of the text of this liturgy reveals that it was not assembled according to some academic standard. Perhaps a better word for its development would be "organic," as over the centuries it grew to meet the needs of the time. Each addition was tested, tried, and proven not by a single congregation nor even a group of congregations acting in concert, but by the Church at large working over the course of decades and centuries. This is not to suggest that these words are the only way3to receive God's service to us and return our service to Him. This is simply the way the Church has chosen to do so.
Roser, Timothy, "From Invocation Through Creed: A Historical and Doctrinal Analysis of the Service of the Word in the Common Service" (1995). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 55.
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