Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lutheran, Episcopal clergies hold joint service for Holy Week

From Pittsburgh-

The service held today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Downtown, with the blessing of oils and renewal of vows by the clergy, was typical for the start of Holy Week.

But there was a twist.

For the first time in the Pittsburgh region, Lutheran pastors joined with Episcopal priests and deacons in the traditional Holy Week service. It was a demonstration of unity for the two Christian faiths, which have both faced internal divisions in recent years.

"Moments like this are hopefully a reminder to the world that we still stand together as the body of Christ," said Bishop Kenneth L. Price, Jr., of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Bishop Price was the principal celebrant for the service, while Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America gave the sermon.

Together, they led more than 80 clergy members in renewing their ordination vows and led lay members of the two denominations through a renewal of their baptismal promises.

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PseudoPiskie said...

NW PA's Chrism Eucharist is today at Thiel with the area Lutherans.

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