Religion: Lutheran Liturgist

From a censer swung by a thurifer, the sweet smoke of incense coiled heavily into the church. In a chasuble of blue and gold, the church's Pastor Arthur Carl Piepkorn stood at the epistle side of the altar. At the gospel side, flanked by taper bearers and the thurifer, Pastor Robert Mohrhardt chanted: "Make not My Father's house an house of merchandise."

Except for the fact that it was in English, this service one day last week, in Cleveland's Faith Lutheran Church, much resembled a Roman Catholic Mass. It was Martin Luther's Formula Missae et Communionis, a liturgical service which the great...

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