“Now We Remain” by David Haas: Full, conscious particpation from Lent into Easter

University of Notre Dame Folk Choir singing David Haas’ “Now We Remain” at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Jan. 23, 2013.

During Lent we’ve been singing one of those songs at Peace Lutheran Church that came out of Vatican II and have helped spark a liturgical renewal in Protestant churches as well as Catholic parishes. It’s a communion hymn, and it has a refrain — “We hold the death of the Lord deep in our hearts. / Living, now we remain with Jesus, the Christ ” — that, to me, sums up the Christian faith in 25 words or less. In perhaps a different way, it sums up my experience of the faith as well.

According to David Haas, a Catholic liturgist from Minnesota who wrote Continue reading ““Now We Remain” by David Haas: Full, conscious particpation from Lent into Easter”

The dear angels’ song at Bethlehem and the presence of God in a lovingly annotated 1871 edition of Luther’s House Sermons

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Luther’s Sermons, annotated by seminary student ca. 1908.

Everyone has an inner child. But mine took a double major in English and history, so my inner life can get pretty odd sometimes — I guess that’s to be expected when you spend part of your day in another century.

And sometimes it gets really, really odd, like it has this week when I’ve been reading an 1871 translation of Martin Luther’s Hauspostille (house postils, or sermons), first published in 1544, for a project I’m researching on what Swedish immigrants in Chicago thought about theological issues. So I spend at least part of my day ping-ponging back and forth from the 21st Continue reading “The dear angels’ song at Bethlehem and the presence of God in a lovingly annotated 1871 edition of Luther’s House Sermons”