My friend, Lutheran Pastor Fraser Pearce, is a happy boy. He has just bought himself a copy of Concordia Publishing House’s ‘The Treasury of Daily Prayer’ and is thrilled that CPH publishes such “stuff that is unashamedly Lutheran”.
So, my question is, what makes a version of Daily Prayer specifically “Lutheran”? How does (or should) a “Lutheran” morning prayer (for eg.) differ from a Catholic or Anglican MP?
I would have thought that while we all have different versions of the psalter (in terms of what psalms are prayed on what day – and in terms of translations which differ even within confessional groups) there is nothing specific to any particular confession about these variations.
Surely the beauty of daily prayer is that – as distinct from the Eucharist – it is a form of the “Prayer of the Church” which we can pray together?
In fact, if there is any liturgical project on which it might truly be possible for all Western churches to agree, surely it would be a joint version of the Daily Prayer of the Church. This would indeed be a “grand project” but it would put “spiritual ecumenism” on a very sure and daily footing.