Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

I think it is safe to say that for pastors, our Lex Credendi drives our Lex Orandi. In other words, what we believe informs and influences how we carry out our ministry. When planning and conducting the Divine Service, we pick certain hymns and use certain ceremonies based on what we know to be true about God, Christ, Sin, Grace, The Sacraments, etc. Our doctrine, our Credendi, drives our practice.

For the person in the pew, for the one on the receiving end of the liturgy, it is the other way around. A person believes as he is given to pray. His doctrine is only as good as his hymns and liturgy, assuming that the person does not do a vast amount of theological reading and study on his own. For the average Christian, I think it is safe to say that their faith is formed more by their Orandi.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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One Response to Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

  1. N. Schafer says:

    If this is true, which is perhaps debatable, then it places on those who are involved in liturgical development a solemn responsibility. The responsibility they then hold is to make sure the hymnody and liturgy are both not only Scriptural but, just as Scripture itself is, Christocentric.

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