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St. Michael’s Liturgical Conference

I will be attending the following conference and will be recording. Just a heads up to the faithful…

From: http://www.ziondetroit.org/index.php?page=stmichae

St. Michael’s Liturgical Conference

Download 2016 Conference Flyer/Registration Form HERE

The nineteenth annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference will be held at Zion on Monday, September 26th, 2016 A.+ D. The Conference begins with Holy Mass at 9:00 a.m. Sext is prayed at noon, Solemn Vespers at 4:30 p.m.

The Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky. Dr. Elowsky will present on the holiness of time and space in the Divine Service, drawing from the Church Fathers. Dr. Elowsky provides the following summary of his Keynote Presentation:

“The Fathers of the Church did not “do” church. They lived it. They lived what they believed and believed what they lived. Prosper of Aquitaine (ca. 390-ca.455) famously wrote: legem credendi statuat lex supplicandi (the law of praying establishes the law of believing). The divine liturgy served in any number of ways as source and norm for the theology of the fathers because the liturgy itself was normed and found its source in the Word of God. From the earliest days the practice of the liturgy revolved around the two foci of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The resultant life of prayer which the liturgy expressed drew from the unity the Fathers saw between the Old and New Testaments brought together by the cross and crucifixion, authored by the One divine Author who gave His life for the world. As such, the Fathers viewed the liturgy as sacred space, sacred time, sacred act honoring with sacred words and sacred music the Author and Perfector of their faith and life.”

Q & A with Dr. Elowsky, and a panel discussion on reverence in the Divine Service will follow the Keynote presentation. The Rev. Fr. Charles McClean, the Rev. Dr. Burnell Eckardt, and the Rev. Fr. Mark Braden will present papers.

Short Biographies of the 2016 Presenters:

The Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky is Associate Professor of Historical Theology, and Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He received the B.A. degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, the M.Div. and S.T.M degrees from Concordia Seminary. He also received the M. Phil. and the Ph.D. from Drew University, Madison, N.J. He served as Operations Manager/Research Director for the 29 volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, editing both volumes on John. He served as Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, as well as Executive Director of The Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. Among his many titles in print, he is Consulting Editor of the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

The Reverend Dr. Burnell Eckardt is Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois. He received the Ph.D. from Marquette University and the S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary. Fr. Eckardt is editor of Gottesdienst: A Quarterly Journal of the Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgy, and author of Every Day Will I Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office and The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the Christian Church. Fr. Eckardt is host of the annual Oktoberfest and Theological Conference.

The Reverend Fr. Charles McClean serves as Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, he received his M. Div. and S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Fr. McClean served as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod from 1968 until 1982. Fr. McClean served as a clergyman of the Episcopal Church from 1985 until 2008. He is the author of The Conduct of the Services, and host of the annual St. Mark Conference.

The Reverend Mark Braden is Pastor of Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Detroit, prior to which he served as Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Cleghorn, Wisconsin. He holds both the S.T.M. and M. Div. degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, where he is an adjunct faculty member. He taught Old Testament Bible for CTS, teaches regularly throughout South America, and teaches Biblical Greek online for CTS. He is an International Fellow for the Luther Academy, and teaches periodically at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

Watch for more information on the 2016 Conference here and on our Zion Facebook page.

Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Detroit
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Detroit, MI 48210-2451

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A Walk in Faith

The Feast of St Lawrence, August 10th

St. Lawrence’s Martyrdom

Death of St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence’s Death,
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Entry from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Rome

By tradition, St Lawrence was sentenced at San Lorenzo in Miranda, imprisoned in San Lorenzo in Fonte, and martyred at San Lorenzo in Panisperna. The Almanac of Philocalus for the year 354 mentions that he was buried in the Via Tiburtina in the Catacomb of Cyriaca by Hippolytus and Justin the Confessor, a presbyter. One of the early sources for the martyrdom was the description by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens in his Peristephanon, Hymn II.

A well-known legend has persisted from earliest times. As deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was charged with the responsibility for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. St Ambrose of Milan relates that when St Lawrence was asked for the treasures of the Church he brought forward the poor, among whom he had divided the treasure as alms. “Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the church’s crown.” The prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared, with coals beneath it, and had Lawrence’s body placed on it (hence St Lawrence’s association with the gridiron). After the martyr had suffered the pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he made his famous cheerful remark, “I’m well done. Turn me over!” From this derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians.

Some historians, such as Rev. Patrick Healy, view the traditions of how St Lawrence was martyred as “not worthy of credence”, as the slow lingering death cannot be reconciled “with the express command contained in the edict regarding bishops, priests, and deacons (animadvertantur) which ordinarily meant decapitation.” A theory of how the tradition arose is put forward by Pio Franchi de’ Cavalieri, who postulates that it was the result of a mistaken transcription, the accidental omission of the letter “p” – “by which the customary and solemn formula for announcing the death of a martyr – passus est [“he suffered,” that is, was martyred] – was made to read assus est [he was roasted].” The Liber Pontificalis, which is held to draw from sources independent of the existing traditions and Acta regarding Lawrence, uses passus est concerning him, the same term it uses for Pope Sixtus II (martyred by beheading during the same persecution).

Constantine I is said to have built a small oratory in honour of St Lawrence, which was a station on the itineraries of the graves of the Roman martyrs by the seventh century. Pope Damasus I rebuilt or repaired the church, now San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, while the minor basilica of San Lorenzo in Panisperna was built over the place of his martyrdom. The gridiron of the martyrdom was placed by Pope Paschal II in the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina.

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