Paul Becker

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Wayne Schmidt

Scripture References in this Resource

Psalm 96:1; Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; 1 Corinthians 11:24; Psalm 42; Psalm 118:15; Isaiah 5:1; Isaiah 6:1; Hebrews 10:10-12; Matthew 22:13; 1 Corinthians 11:27; Romans 7:24; Romans 10: 10; John 15:16; Acts 2:17; Psalm 111:1; John 15:4-5; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 64:8; Psa1m 111: 9; Psalm 23:1


The goal of this thesis is to demonstrate that in the early years of Lutheranism, what the faithful sang and confessed about the Sacrament of the Altar is dangerously close to being forgotten by American Lutherans in the latter half of the twentieth century. What Christians sing about as they are given the body and blood of their risen Lord reveals both their confessional stance and their piety. By digging into the treasure-store of German Lutheran Communion hymnody, the theology of the Sacrament as confessed in the early years of Lutheranism will be brought to light and offered to the contemporary Church for the renewal of her own confession and piety.

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