Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Letter to the Editor

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I have been a member of your organization for some years and, as such, have received, and very much enjoyed, Anglican and Episcopal History. This periodical is distinguished by its good writing, sophisticated analyses and, often, its pure entertainment value. I particularly enjoy the section on Church Reviews. They are written by persons who generally display a great sensitivity to and understanding of the parish visited, as well as a genuine familiarity of those traditions outside of Anglicanism which are, on occasion, reviewed.

However, I must point out what I consider to be a rather egregious error in the review about St. Paul's-Peace Church of Las Vegas, Nevada (March 1999). In the footnote, it is stated "One difference between the Episcopal and Lutheran traditions has to do with Eucharistie reservation." The footnote then goes on to explain how this parish follows the Episcopal practice of reserving the sacrament, the implication being that this is not also Lutheran practice. As a life-long Lutheran, I wish to advise the author that his scholarship on this point is wrong. While not all Lutheran parishes have tabernacles for the reservation, all of the Lutheran parishes with which I have ever been affiliated do, in fact, reserve the elements. Indeed, at my home parish, First Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we have a rather elaborate and beautiful tabernacle in our baptistry for the reserved host. …

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