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A church’s liturgy and worship is the language from the heart of God’s people to the heart of God himself. And while the heart of worship hasn’t changed, the language of man changes with every passing century.

Lutherans have always looked to the history of the liturgy and its translation when updating liturgical, hymnological, and worship traditions to contemporary language and usage. In this unique collection, the fathers of Christian worship are consulted as well—even those from before the sixteenth-century Reformation—so that, while the words may change, the integrity of Christian worship is preserved until the end of time. These texts explore and demonstrate the liturgical culture of the Lutheran church between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, so that in the twentieth and twenty-first, Lutherans find the same fruitful edification that has sustained the church thus far.

In Logos, the history of the Lutheran liturgy is opened up like never before. All of these volumes are fully searchable, allowing you to find prayers, responsorials, and Scripture readings for Lutheran liturgical festivals and Christian holidays. Scripture references appear on mouseover, and these digital texts are fully accessible on Logos apps, allowing you to read as you go.

Key Features

  • Lutheran liturgical studies from 1715 to 1908
  • Official church publications from the major Lutheran publication houses
  • Exposition on liturgical practices, hymnology, and worship

Individual Titles

An Explanation of the Common Service

  • Edition: Revised and enlarged
  • Publisher: General Council Publication House
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 120

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This classic text provides question-and-answer explanations for each element of the order of service of Lutheran liturgy. A thorough glossary and index accompany the volume, helping readers drive further into the liturgy of the turn of the nineteenth century.


  • Frederick E. Cooper
  • Edwin F. Keever
  • John C. Seegers
  • Joseph Stump
  • G. Adolph Bruegel
  • Paul Z. Strodach

Book of Worship

  • Publisher: Lutheran Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 504

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The Book of Worship is an extensive hymnal made exclusively for use within the Lutheran liturgies of the nineteenth century. Thoroughly indexed and categorized by festival or occasion, this liturgical hymnal has songs for every part of the order of public worship, numerous doxologies, and verses for any theological or liturgical occasion.

Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith

  • Author: William Loehe
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Frank Carol Longaker
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 157

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“A literal translation of the language of worship is impossible, because it is the language of the heart. The idioms of common worship must have been fused and moulded and wrought and worn in the life of the people. This translation, therefore, does not assume to put on a service into the hands of a worshipping congregation, but simply to make known Loehe’s recovery and restoration of the worship of our fathers.

Loehe does not confine himself to what he found in the Lutheran Service Books. He was admirably fitted to revive Lutheran worship, not only by his faithful study and delicate taste, and by his mastery of a German style which is clear as crystal and quick as fire, but also by his familiarity with the traditions of the Churches of Nuremberg.”—from the Introduction by Edward T. Horn

The Common Service for the Use of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregations

  • Publisher: The United Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the South
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 800

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The Common Service contains an order of public worship and extensive tables for the festivals of the church, the epistle and gospel readings, the orders of morning and evening services, and all of the liturgical elements of the service, from the collect to the introit to the prayers of the faithful and the responsories. This volume answered the long-felt desire for those adhering to the Augsburg Confession to unify their practices in worship, especially during the revivals in the church in the nineteenth century.

While it has been desirable to return to the forms of worship used by our fathers, it is not thereby implied that the Church had its real beginning in its full completion in the Sixteenth Century. The spirit of true worship is older than the Reformation, and has found expression in many other forms than those which we have inherited in the Western Church and through the medium of the German Reformation.

—from the preface of the previous edition

The Liturgy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Publisher: Lutheran Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 270

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In 1879, the 29th Convention of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church met to recommit a new liturgy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Liturgy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church is the product of that convention, presenting an updated order of public worship, regulations for the baptism of children and adults, and the rites for confirmation, confession and absolution, and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It also contains extensive prayers and collects for important days of the liturgical calendar, especially holidays and festival days.

The Lutheran Liturgy: Now Used by the Protestants in the Reformed Churches of Germany

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publication Date: 1715
  • Pages: 25

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This historical document from the early eighteenth century reports the beginning of Lutheran liturgy by its distinctions from the practices of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. Printed in London in 1715, and translated out of its first German edition into Early Modern English, this essential text is essential for anyone interested in source documents for studies on historical liturgy.

Product Details

  • Title: Lutheran Liturgical Studies Collection
  • Publishers: Lutheran Publication Society, Frank Carol Longaker, and the General Council Publication House
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,350