Martin Bucer is often times referred to as the Forgotten Reformer; yet, he had a great influence on the Protestant Reformation. He took the young John Calvin under his wing and mentored him when Calvin was in Strasbourg. Bucer even introduced Calvin to his wife! Bucer also had a hand in shaping the second edition of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer under the direction of Thomas Cranmer. The following excerpt on the Lord's Supper is taken from Bucer's Strasbourg liturgy of 1539. He begins with a brief instruction on the holy supper:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Last Thursday was Ascension Day — the fortieth day after Easter when Jesus ascended into heaven. Next Sunday the Church will celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. As I reflect on the themes and scripture readings assigned for this week from the one year lectionary, I'm astounded at the beauty of it.