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Valentine, Patrick, & the Saints

Often Protestants are misinformed about the Saints existing in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox traditions alone. The Anglican and Lutheran traditions embrace the Saints too.

But, Lutherans embrace the Saints differently…

Martin Luther redefined a ‘saint’ as a forgiven sinner, but continued to recognize that canonized Saints are examples of Christian witness who should be venerated (respected, not worshipped).

Martin Luther taught that the Saints, however, do not possess an abundance of merit and cannot intercede on our behalf. Therefore, Lutherans do not pray to the Saints.

I have been honored and humbled in the presence of relics, including the tomb of St. Patrick. I have not visited seeking ‘merit’ but rather to be connected to the person, their story, and their Christian witness despite the confines of time and space, such as a family photo album or scrapbook might. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Newsletter Articles

 

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Modern Inspiration from Saint Patrick

Before we get started, there are a few disclaimers:

  1. The sermon will not be rooted in the lectionary texts.
  2. There will be media usage, please notice the projection scene.
  3. If you have a Scot-Irish Intern, you should not let them loose on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day is marked with the wearing of green or orange, the kissing of the Irish, and drinking your choice of Guinness, Jameson, or Bushmills. Originally, however, it was the celebration of the life and the ministry of Saint Patrick.

But, we are Lutheran and the Saints are Roman Catholic, right? Well, not exactly.

The Medieval Church embraced the Cult of Saints, which was the practice of evoking the Saints for intercession and for merit. Although Martin Luther argued against this particular practice, he did recognize the Saints as examples of and inspiration for Christian vocation and witness. Saint Patrick might be such an example and inspiration for us.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Sermons

 

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