THE BRIDE OF CHRIST has been published four times per year by Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., a non-profit society of evangelical catholics who have united to recall the Evangelical Lutheran Church to the position of the Reformers as stated in the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI, "There is nothing [in our confession] that varies from the Scriptures, from the Church Catholic, or from the Church of Rome as known from its writers." Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., is dedicated to the production and distribution of materials that exhibit a catholic form of doctrine, liturgy, and ministry. from the masthead of the last published issue:
Volume XXIX, No. 4, AFTER PENTECOST, A.D. 2007

Friday of Reminiscere + St. Peter's Chair at Antioch + 22 February 2008

WELCOME to the blog for THE BRIDE OF CHRIST: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal (BOC). This is a resurrection of the BOC Journal website which is dedicated to the publication of "The Bride of Christ" and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. With the resurrection of this site it is our hope that THE BRIDE OF CHRIST will once again see publication, either as a published quarterly journal, or in a digital version, or both. To this end we are re-constructing the website and are offering a companion blog for the purpose of discussing issues related to the journal and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. Miscellaneous articles, essays, etc. from past issues will be made available on the blog from time to time. We invite you to join us in the discussion and share your ideas and suggestions.

1. Providing a digital version of the journal.
2. Use of the journal as a print forum in connection to the annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference.
3. Call for papers - articles, papers, book reviews.
4. Additional suggestions.

Thank you for visiting the blog. We hope to hear from you.

In Christ,
Rev. Timothy D. May
Editor

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Facing the Bridegroom

"The faithful so anticipate the Lord's Second Coming and can be likened to the virgins in the Gospel parable: 'But at midnight there was a cry, "Behold the Bridegroom! Come out to meet him"' (Matt. 25:6) So are the faithful described in their "common direction of liturgical prayer." "The whole liturgy is celebrated . . . facing the Bridegroom."

- U.M. Lang, citing C. Schönborn, p. 102

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hymnody

From midweek Vespers (Populus Sion - Advent 2):

Thou cam'st the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to eventide,
The spotless Victim all divine
Proceeding from a virgin shrine.

(LSB 351, st. 3)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Liturgy and the Economy

In society when the economy is the issue the economy becomes the issue. The economy is usually made the issue whenever an election rolls around (we see that it also helps to avoid other issues). In terms of the election this year the economy made its way forcefully into the spotlight.

The liturgy is concerned with the worship of the Holy Trinity by those who, in Christ, have a citizenship which is in heaven. The strength of the liturgy is also the cause of its greatest misunderstanding in this world. The great economic systems of the world seek to influence the liturgy in ways that best reflect their view of the world. On the one hand, attempts might be made to turn the liturgy into entertainment and worshipers into an audience. The pastor takes on the role of motivator. On the other hand, attempts might be made to turn the liturgy into a gathering to promote social and political issues. Here the pastor takes on the role of social revolutionary seeking justice. Both of these approaches, if and when they are allowed to influence and take precedence over the liturgy, do not appreciate the true focus and value of the liturgy.

For the Church the liturgy is the issue because here is where the economy of God's salvation for His people in Christ and His cross is worked out among His people. Here is where we are gathered by God so that He may distribute to us His gifts and we may offer up our sacrifices of thanksgiving to Him. In this liturgy the people are redeemed by Christ. They are made part of Christ's Body and strengthened in the one true faith. The worshipers are shaped by Word and Sacrament and participate in the divine life of forgiveness and salvation. Here the pastor remains in the God-given role of pastor.

In the divine economy the liturgy is the issue for it is concerned with the relationship God has with His people. It becomes especially so when it is taken away from its divine origins and divine focus and revised to cater to the felt needs of the consumers.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Past Issues - Update # 3

Dear Friends of the Liturgy,

Thank you for your response so far.
Since the last post two of you have
responded by sending a number of issues
making it possible to fill in a few
of the gaps. Below is the list of
issues still needed:

1999 Vol. XXIII, No. 4
1993 Vol. XVII, Nos. 1
1990 Vol. XIV, Nos. 2 & 4
1989 Vol. XIII, Nos. 1 & 2
1988 ALL
1987 Vol. XI, Nos. 1, 3 & 4
1981-86 ALL
1980 Vol. 4, Nos. 1,2,4
-1979 ALL
(also UNA SANCTA)

Thank you for your response and
assistance!

Fr. Timothy May

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Seeking Past Issues - Update

In response to our search for past issues we have had donations from a couple of sources, providing us with an issue from 1980 and almost all issues between 1989-2003. Thank you!

Hopefully, not too far in the near future we hope to be able to make available online digitized copies of the issues in our library. In the meantime, we are still seeking past issues. If you have any of the following issues and are willing to donate them please contact me.

1999 Vol. XXIII, Nos. 2 & 4
1994 Vol. XVIII, No. 3
1993 Vol. XVII, Nos. 1 & 3
1992 Vol. XVI, No. 3
1990 Vol. XIV, Nos. 2 & 4
1989 Vol. XIII, Nos. 1 & 2
1981 - 1988 All
1980 Vol. 4, Nos. 1,2,4
? - 1979 All

Thank you again for any help you can provide.

In Christ,
Fr. Timothy May
E-mail: Administrator(at)bocjournal(dot)org
or maytd(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Monday, March 31, 2008

Announcement of Annual Meeting

Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc.
C/o St. Augustine’s House
P. O. Box 125
Oxford, Michigan 48371


31. March, 2008
The Annunciation of Our Lord

TO: All Members of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., and others who may be interested

FROM: The Rt. Rev. Aubrey N. Bougher, STS, President

RE: Announcement of Annual Meeting

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Apostolic Greetings on this day within the Great 50 Days of Victory on which the Church rejoices in the faithful virgin Who received the Word of God and bore Him for us.

The annual meeting of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., will be held at St. Augustine’s House, 3215 East Drahner Road, Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 (St. Monica, transferred), beginning in the downstairs quarters of the House at or about 10:00 A.M. All who are registered as members are entitled to voice and vote. Those who are interested in becoming members may send or bring their annual fee of $10 prior to the call to order of the meeting. This notice is being sent to recent former members as well as others who may be interested, in the hope that all who might be interested might be able to be in attendance and participate in the meeting. The order of business will include those items specified in our by-laws for an annual meeting, and it is hoped that a discussion may take place about future plans. If you plan to stay for lunch, please notify Fr. Richard Herbel, our host, so that he may make adequate arrangements. Following the meeting, sext, and lunch, the Board of Directors will meet to conduct its necessary business.

I look forward to this meeting, and hope to be able to see you there.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Aubrey N. Bougher (s)

(The Rt. Rev.) Aubrey N. Bougher, STS, S.T.D.,
President, LLR

Saturday, March 15, 2008

PAST ISSUES

If you have any past issues of the journal The Bride of Christ that you would like to part with please let me know. We would like to form a complete, or as close to a complete, collection as possible. Thank you.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

VOL. XXIX, NO. 3




PENTECOST A.D. 2005

VOL. XXVIII, NO. 3-4



PENTECOST
MAY A.D. 2005

VOL. XXVIII, NO. 1-2



CHRISTMASTIDE
DECEMBER A.D. 2004

VOL. XXVII, NO. 4



MICHAELMAS
SEPTEMBER A.D. 2003

VOL. XXVII, NO. 3



PENTECOST
JUNE A.D. 2003

VOL. XXVII, NO. 1-2



ADVENT-LENT
APRIL A.D. 2003

VOL. XXVI, NO. 4

VOL. XXVI, NO. 3



PENTECOST
JULY A.D. 2002

VOL. XXVI, NO. 2



PASCHALTIDE
APRIL A.D. 2002

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CONTENTS - VOL. XXIX, NO. 4



The Final Issue begins with a letter from Fr. Bougher and includes a potpourri of articles that have been published over the years.

Monday, February 25, 2008

CONTENTS - VOL. XV, NO. 1



The website will be a place to offer the journal, both past and present. Here is the list of contents from Volume XV, No. 1 ADVENT 1990

Friday, February 22, 2008

INTRODUCTION & WELCOME

THE BRIDE OF CHRIST has been published four times per year by Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., a non-profit society of evangelical catholics who have united to recall the Evangelical Lutheran Church to the position of the Reformers as stated in the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI, "There is nothing [in our confession] that varies from the Scriptures, from the Church Catholic, or from the Church of Rome as known from its writers." Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., is dedicated to the production and distribution of materials that exhibit a catholic form of doctrine, liturgy, and ministry. from the masthead of the last published issue: Volume XXIX, No. 4, AFTER PENTECOST, A.D. 2007

Friday of Reminiscere + St. Peter's Chair at Antioch + 22 February 2008

WELCOME to the companion blog for THE BRIDE OF CHRIST: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal (BOC). This blog is part of a resurrection of the BOC Journal website which is dedicated to the publication of "The Bride of Christ" and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. With the resurrection of this site it is our hope that THE BRIDE OF CHRIST will once again see publication, either as a published quarterly journal, or in a digital version, or both. To this end we are re-constructing the website and are offering this companion blog for the purpose of discussing issues related to the journal and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. We invite you to join us in the discussion and share your ideas and suggestions regarding the following topics at this blog:

1. Providing a digital version of the journal.
2. Use of the journal as a print forum in connection with the annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference.
3. Call for papers - articles, papers, book reviews.
4. Additional suggestions.

Thank you for visiting the website. We hope to hear from you.

In Christ,

The Rev. Timothy D. May
Site Administrator: Administrator(at)BOCJournal(dot)org

Dcn. D J Muehlenbruch
Webmaster: Webmaster(at)BOCJournal(dot)org