Liturgical Files are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free of charge from Adobe.
Preparation for Holy Mass
The Preparatory Prayers used at Zion include vesting prayers, Psalm 84 (formatted for responsive prayer), traditional suffrages, and appropriate collects. Please Click Here for a copy in pdf file.
The Ordinary of the Mass
Zion's Ordo is not currently available in electronic form. A project underway will make Zion's Ordo, and a complete set of Propers, available in the future. The Ordos available Here were used historically at Zion, but are not reflective of the best Lutheran practice. Indeed in some cases they are quite contrary to what we teach and confess. They are retained here because they are a part of Zion's history, and the language and rubrics are of interest to those who study the Holy Liturgy.
Propers of the Mass
In keeping with her observance of historic Western use in the Ordinary of the Mass, Zion follows the historic Western liturgy in her use of the propers of the Mass. Like the Ordo listed above, many of the historic Propers below are no longer used at Zion, because some contain language that does not reflect the best Lutheran practice. Nonetheless, for the careful and circumspect use of the church, full propers for the entire liturgical year, as well as files containing just the Cantors chants, are available below:
Included in the Sanctoral Calendar is the entire gamut of feasts, festivals, and commemorations observed liturgically at Zion throughout the year. For a copy of Sanctoral Calendar please CLICK HERE
The hymn plan for Zion primarily uses The Lutheran Hymnal. Occasionally hymns from other sources are used as well. Hymns are chosen based on the appointed Scriptures in the liturgical year. The Hymn Plan Liturgical Year 2013-14 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE
Stations of the Cross
Since the legalization of Christianity in the Fourth Century, the Stations of the Cross have been prayed. Originally, Christians traveled to Jerusalem to walk the route which they assumed Our Lord took from the Praetorium (Pilate's residence) to the tomb. Along the way, they would stop at certain places to pray or meditate. Each station commemorates an event along the way of Our Lord's journey to death and the grave. This devotion affords time for Scripture reading, silent meditation, prayer and hymnic reflection. The artwork which adorns the church (not included here) is also utilized to aid the devotion of the faithful. In order to guide this devotion, excerpts from sermons by Blessed Martin Luther are included. The hope is that such meditation will encourage increased appreciation for the Sacramental gifts presented in and through the Incarnate and Crucified One.