From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
In short, we cannot support the Mass and anything that proceeds from it or is attached to it. We must condemn these things so that the holy Sacrament is purely and certainly retained, according to the institution of Christ, administered and received through faith.
Pulling It Together
Habemus ad Dominum. This is part of the Preface prayer, just before we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” in the liturgy. In English, we sing, “We lift them to the Lord.” We lift our hearts to the Lord, not to saints or angels or any other created thing. This adoration and invocation of saints is a byproduct of the larger corruption of the Mass that we have been discussing. The Lord’s Supper is the Lord’s, and must be retained as he instituted, so that we may receive him through faith. Be careful that you lift a thankful heart to the Lord, and no other.
Prayer: I give you thanks, O Lord, for the powerful effect of your body and blood. Amen.
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