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07 June 2006
  Of Quicunque Vult and Carnivals

"What's Quicunque Vult?" you ask.

"Whoever desires" &mdash to be saved, that is.

These Latin words begin the Church's confession of faith commonly called the Athanasian Creed. This statement of belief, named in honor of the theologian who defended the Faith against the Arian heresy and who helped to construct the Nicene Creed, provides a detailed exposition of who God is (and what He isn't). It grew out of monastic prayers, specifically the Office of Prime.

Some churches still use the Athanasian Creed at least intermittently throughout the Church Year. Others, including most Lutherans, generally only join in reciting this particular confession on Trinity Sunday (the Sunday following Pentecost). For those interested in a responsive reading, whether for themselves or for corporate worship, Ask the Pastor posted this link to a copy-ready PDF file, formatted for responsive reading and including a brief introduction.

Also, the current Lutheran Carnival is up and running at Journalistic Jargon. Thanks to Mrs. T. Swede for compiling Lutheran Carnival XXV: Whitsunday, including the material on Dr. C. F. W. Walther.
 
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