Thursday, March 4, 2010

what's in a name?

The name of our congregation, Concordia Lutheran Church, is rich in meaning!

Fratrum concordia rara
In English: Agreement among brothers is rare.

I wish there were a word as nice as Latin con-cordia, "together-hearts," in English. The heart, cor, was not just a seat of sentiment and emotion in Latin, as it is for us ("sweethearts," "heartfelt," etc.), but was also a seat of intelligence and thought. So when there is concordia in Latin, it means people's minds are operating in unison, that they share the same thoughts and intentions, the same "hearts."

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