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Hemmingsen on the Sabbath and Christian Festivals (4)

In today’s post, consisting of theses 9-11, Hemmingsen defines what it means to “sanctify” something and then applies that definition to the Old Testament observance of the Sabbath. He then goes on to note a rupture between the Old Testament observance of the Sabbath and the way in which the Sabbath commandment applies to Christians. […]

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“Look Mercifully on Our Low Estate”: The Collect for Sexagesima Sunday

I’m not really much of a Lent Respecter, myself, but the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States makes provision for its observance and the prayers continue to be good, so I continue to share them. (“Sexagesima” is the traditional title for the Second Sunday before Lent.) Two collects are included […]

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Hemmingsen on the Sabbath and Christian Festivals (3)

Today’s post includes theses 7 and 8 of Hemmingsen’s Assertions concerning the Jewis Sabbath and the Festivals of Christians, in which he defines Sabbath days that were of particular importance due to their association with the great festivals of the Old Testament calendar. Assertions concerning the Jewish Sabbath and the Festivals of Christians (Continued) 7. […]

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“Keep Thy Church in Thy True Religion”: The Collect for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Really late with this this week; but here is the Collect for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany THE COLLECT O LORD, we beseech Thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that […]

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Hemmingsen on the Sabbath and Christian Festivals (2)

In today’s post, which includes assertiones 4-6, Hemmingsen defines the proper meaning “Sabbath” and then shows how, from that primary meaning, it is transferred as a title to days, weeks, and years.  Assertions concerning the Jewish Sabbath and the Festivals of Christians (Continued) “Sabbath” properly signifies rest or cessation. From this meaning, the term is […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (9)

Today we come to the last post in this series and, boy howdy, it’s a fascinating one.  Zanchi moves on from the dominical festivals, of which he approves, to the feast days of apostles and martyrs. These belong, in his view, to a lower rank. One way we know this is that they were not […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (7)

In today’s post, we move on to Zanchi’s discussion of festivals instituted by men with the consent of the church, of which he gives several that he approves of. The list echoes to a large extent what is found in the Litany:  By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation; by Thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (6)

Zanchi now proceeds to discuss festivals as applied to the Christian church in particular, by analogy with what he has already set out in relation to the Old Testament.  The Christian church, too, has festivals of both kinds: those instituted by direct divine warrant and those instituted by men with the consent of the people […]

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“Endure unto the End in the Way of Life”: The Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

I’m late with this again this week, but here is the Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order for Worship of the Reformed Church in the United States. It is quite a bit different from the prayer for the same week found in The Book of Common Prayer. The Collect in […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (5)

In today’s post, Zanchi deals with the second type of licit festivals: those instituted by men with the consent of the church. As examples, he points to Purim (Esther), as well as to Hanukkah, the origin of which is recounted in 1 Maccabees.  Zanchi notes that these festivals, although not instituted by direct divine command, […]