Tuesday, December 30, 2008
An LSB Curiosity
Surely Lutherans would all agree that Christmas and Epiphany are important feasts of the Church Year, and that they are immovable. That is, they are on the same date each year, no matter on what day of the week they may fall. Therefore, I would expect to see them on the list of Feasts and Festivals on page xi of Lutheran Service Book. Yet they are not there. Of course it might be pointed out that most people already know that Christmas and Epiphany are on 25 December and 6 January respectively. Nevertheless, they ought to be included on that calendar, for at least two reasons. 1. Even though their popularity might make their dates well known, their importance also makes them at least as deserving, just by the nature of their solemnity, as feasts like Sts. Simon & Jude and Matthias. 2. If we want this book to actually be a teaching resource, for our children, for everyone, then it would be helpful to be as complete and accurate as possible in things like this. So why leave them out?