Holy Mass at Zion
At Zion, Holy Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Holy Incarnation (located in the Rectory, please use the Parish Office door next to the church for access) as listed in the daily liturgical calendar.
10:00 a.m., Chapel
This prayer service, which was once common in Lutheran churches, is the morning prayer of the church. The service consists of singing Psalms, as well as a Scripture reading, a hymn and various prayers.
Matins is prayed every morning at 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Incarnation, located in the Rectory. Members and friends of Zion are invited to attend. Matins is not prayed on Fridays, or on days when a morning Mass is held.
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.
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. Available here are full propers for the entire liturgical year as used at Zion, as well as files containing just the Cantors chants.
Included in the Sanctoral Calendar is the entire gamut of feasts, festivals, and commemorations observed liturgically at Zion throughout the year.
Both the general Hymn Plan for Zion and the Hymn Selections for 2007 are available. While Zion in Detroit makes use of The Lutheran Hymnal, occassionally appropriate hymns are drawn from other hymnals (some from the LCMS, some not).
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.