Friday, February 4, 2011

Hermann Sasse, 1936

"If Christianity cannot comprehend that in this Sacrament the most magnificent thing that can ever happen on earth is taking place, that is, in this Sacrament, which in its outwardly unpretentious form, Jesus, the Lord of all majesty is Himself present, then that Christianity no longer takes the actual presence of Christ seriously and has apostatized from the faith." (Thanks to Rev. Matthew C. Harrison for posting Sasse's letters on his blog!)
With what reverence, honor, and respect will we then approach the awe-full mystery? How can we do better than to sing and pray with Philipp Melanchthon (LSB 585): In these last days of great distress grant us, dear Lord, true steadfastness that we keep pure till life is spent Your holy Word and Sacrament.

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