Once a year, I explain the order of the Divine Service which is used in the Lutheran Church. According to the Book of Concord, “1] Falsely are our churches accused of abolishing the Mass; for the Mass is retained among 2] us, and celebrated with the highest reverence. Nearly all the usual ceremonies are also preserved, save that the parts sung in Latin are interspersed here and there with German hymns, which have been added 3] to teach the people. For ceremonies are needed to this end alone that the unlearned 4] be taught [what they need to know of Christ]” (AC XXIV, The Mass).
This study walks through the parts of the Divine Service and explains their purpose and use.