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

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Liturgical Renewal

Liturgical Renewal . . .
- begins and ends with God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost
- is in Christ through the Word and Sacraments
- is in Christ in the ministry of the Church (ministerium Ecclesiasticum)
i.e., bishop, priest, deacon (the scriptural and traditional order)
more to come . . .

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Possibility of Liturgical Renewal

Liturgical renewal is possible among Lutherans today but only with a small number of pastors and congregations. Only small steps can be made within Lutheranism for a variety of reasons. These reasons arise from a variety of other concerns and priorities that, on an ongoing basis, present themselves to pastors and congregations. Liturgical renewal clearly cannot be imposed on either the pastor or the congregation. Rather such renewal should be based on and arise out of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Altar. As the Eucharist is the focus of any and all liturgical renewal this means that the renewal must be recognized and supported by pastors and congregations in their own places. Everything depends on how the Eucharist is understood and received in each place. With renewed appreciation of the Eucharist appreciation and renewal of the liturgy will follow.

The Bride of Christ Journal: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal was published from 1977 to 2007. Although the journal is currently not being published, liturgical renewal among Lutherans continues. Until the journal begins publication again we hope to use this blog and the accompanying website to encourage and support liturgical renewal by making past issues available online and by discussing the historic liturgy and its use among Lutherans today.

Coming soon: What is meant by "liturgical renewal"?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Past Issues - Update #4

Again, thank you for your donations of past issues and inquiries.
The following issues are still needed to help complete our collection.
We are interested in providing past issues online in the future.

2001 Vol. XXV, No. 1
1999 Vol. XXIII, No. 4
1993 Vol. XVII, No. 1
1990 Vol. XIV, Nos. 2 & 4
1989 Vol. XIII, Nos. 1 & 2
1988 ALL
1987 Vol. XI, Nos. 1, 3 & 4
1981-1986 ALL
1980 Vol. 4, Nos. 1,2,4
1977 -1979 ALL
(Note that the journal was first published with limited circulation
in 1977.)

(also UNA SANCTA)

Inquiries may be directed to me, Fr. Tim May, at maytd(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
Thank you.