Two days ago we hit a milestone at Saint Stephen's Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, one that merits some mention. Quinquagesima Sunday marked the first anniversary (according to the ecclesiastical year) of the ongoing practice of the Daily Mass in our parish. There have been days now and again when we have not been able to have the Mass, the pastor being unavailable for this or that reason. Yet, on the whole, the pattern begun here about a year ago now seems firmly in place, and frankly, it is a very unusual blessing in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
If anyone, in our parish, or in Milwaukee, or anyone who has the occasion to visit Milwaukee, is interested in attending a traditional Lutheran Mass during the week, please know that you are invited and welcome to join us, pretty much any day at 9 A.M. If you are a Lutheran communicant, do present yourself to the pastor before Mass. If you are not a communicant, we'd like to know you too. So come, and introduce yourself.
I anticipate and look forward to real renewal and revitalization in our parish, and it will take place chiefly by means of the Spirit's life-giving (vivificantem) work in the sacramental gifts of the Church. The Mass is central to this enterprise.
Thank you, Fr. May, for making the Holy Mass available to us on a daily basis. In this regard you are manifesting our Confession, in which the role of the pastor is illustrated by the words of Saint John Chrysostom, thus: Sacerdotem quotidie stare ad altare et alios ad communionem accersere, alios arcere. The priest stands daily at the altar, inviting some to the Communion and keeping back others.
And I call upon all schools, especially the universities and seminaries, of the Missouri Synod, and indeed any parish where there are interested communicants, to follow our example. If you want Christ to be central in the lives of your students or parishioners, then give them the Eucharist often.
Finally, if anyone wishes to express their gratitude for the Confessional Lutheran witness that this poor, struggling parish is making in the community, city, synod, and world, consider sending a gift to help us. You may send gifts to the church office at