Agenda (liturgy)

As Agende the book (or books) is referred to in the Protestant churches, in which the fixed and variable parts ( Ordinary and Proper of ) the regular worship and the official acts ( Kasualien ) are listed. So a liturgy liturgy contains models that represents the historically developed service process and its design variants that after each Sunday and holiday oriented in the church year prayers and texts.

As a church law, the liturgy for Protestant liturgists is authentic.

Following the text is a liturgy (from the Latin agere ) what to do. In fact, a liturgy describes what each of the acclaimed worship liturgist ( and the community) to do ( stand up, sit, walk, stand, pray, sing ); they can therefore be regarded as a behavior or action statement. This is visible in terms of liturgists, especially in the liturgy recorded in the headings that describe what the liturgist has to do at this very place of worship. What is the liturgy for the liturgist, the hymnal for the church. The liturgy belongs to the group of liturgical books.

The Catholic liturgy is the counterpart to the Missal, which is referred to in the Old Catholic Church as a Eucharist Book ( for other denominations: see list of liturgical books ).

  • 2.1 Structure of the agendas of the work SELK
  • 2.2 History of the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende
  • 2.3 Introduction to the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende
  • 3.1 History of the origin of the liturgy I EKU
  • 3.2 Construction of the agendas work
  • 3.3 The structure of the liturgy I EKU in detail
  • 4.1 history of its formation
  • 4.2 Introduction to the design and construction of the Protestant worship book
  • 4.3 Criteria for service design
  • 4.4 The structure of the two basic forms in detail
  • 7.1 history
  • 7.2 liturgy after the liturgy of the Reformed
  • 8.1 Evangelical Worship Book
  • 8.2 Liturgy of the TOB
  • 8.3 Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende
  • 8.4 Reformed Liturgy

The agendas work for Evangelical Lutheran churches and communities

Structure of the agendas work

The Liturgy for Evangelical Lutheran churches and communities consists of the following volumes:

  • Volume I: The main service with sermon and Holy Communion and the other preaching and Communion services (1955 )
  • Volume II: The prayer services (1960 )
  • Volume III: The official acts (1964 ) Part 1: The Baptism ( newly revised edition 1988)
  • Part 2: The Wedding Ceremony ( newly revised edition 1988)
  • Part 3: The Confession ( newly revised edition 1993)
  • Part 4: service of the sick ( newly revised edition 1994)
  • Part 5: The Funeral ( newly revised edition 1996)
  • Part 6: The Confirmation ( newly revised edition 2001)

These also included:

  • Lectionary for Lutheran churches and communities ( newly revised edition 1986)
  • Order of sermons (1958 )
  • Small Kantionale, 2Bde. (1958/1969)
  • Guidelines for the pastoral service, 2Bde. (1958)
  • Children's church (1964 )

History of the development of liturgy I VELKD

Introduced in 1955 Agende I is the product of an onset after the First World War development, which was mainly determined by representatives of the so-called second Liturgical Movement. In the era of National Socialism, this work was then continued by the free liturgical working groups; to them belonged the high ecclesiastical union of the Augsburg Confession, the Berneuchener, the Liturgical Conference of Lower Saxony, the liturgical committees of the Rhine and Westphalia Confessing Church, the Church work Alpirsbach as well as representatives from Bavaria and Baden- Württemberg. This work was then continued Liturgical Conference after the Second World War in the newly formed Lutheran. From the Confessing Church, a draft agenda was already before 1941, but could as Kirchenagende I ( the so-called Beckmann Brunner- liturgy ) are not published until 1948. A preliminary draft of the Ordinary of the Liturgy later I was in 1946 and the preliminary draft of the liturgy itself was published in 1951 to test and comment.

The structure of the liturgy I VELKD in detail

The Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende is for the services of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church ( SELK ) binding liturgy. In addition, this decidedly Lutheran liturgy is also in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baden ( ELKiB ) in force, occasionally it is also used by Lutheran congregations in the space of Protestant churches. To basically it lies the liturgy I for Lutheran churches and congregations, Berlin 1957. The Liturgical Commission of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church has produced them and published the church leadership of SELK 1997.

Structure of the agendas of the work SELK

  • Volume I: Main service with sermon and Holy Communion. The Mass of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (1997)
  • Volume II: The prayer services (1960), identical to the VELKD
  • Volume III: The official acts (1964 ), identical to the VELKD, but special provisions Part 1: The holy baptism ( newly revised edition 2009 ), own Baptismal Liturgy of SELK
  • Part 2: The Confirmation. Design for testing, Göttingen, 2012
  • Part 5: The Funeral ( newly revised edition 1996), identical to the VELKD, but special provisions
  • Part 1: office, offices, services. Design for testing. Göttingen, 2011

This includes up today:

  • Lectionary for Lutheran churches and communities (1953 )
  • Order of sermons (1958 )
  • Small Kantionale, 2 volumes ( 1958/1969 )
  • Guidelines for the pastoral service, 2 volumes (1958 )

History of the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende

The Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church and its predecessor churches used until the introduction of the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende 1997, the liturgy I VELKD. Lutheran and Free Churches celebrated consequently from the liturgy I worship according to the Lutheran fair. When it became clear that the Lutheran churches and the Union of the Evangelical Churches pursuing a common agenda work, the SELK looked due to its Lutheran confessional and the Union's refusal compelled a private Lutheran agendas work for their services surrendered. The SELK feels reminiscent of the agendas dispute and the resulting emergence of the Old Lutheran Church in Prussia.

Introduction to the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende

The Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende understood according foreword by Bishop Dr. theol. Jobst Beautiful as a liturgy, which proclaim the Triune God and praises in His Word and the sacraments. Next, the Kirchenagende by the Evangelical Lutheran orderly worship testifies to the faith of Christianity in Lutheran confessionalism and liability. Finally, this Lutheran Kirchenagende has the task to promote the unity of the faith and confession in the Lutheran churches.

Thus, the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende begins with the " main service with sermon and Holy Communion. Holy Mass of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Thus, in addition to the parent for each Sunday Introit, offertory prayers, reading from the Old Testament, the epistle, the Hallelujavers, the week song, the gospel, the church seasonal prefaces and Eucharistic prayers, vesicles, also worship designs to the apostles days, All Saints Day, and other days. A very comprehensive prayer collection can also be found in this liturgy. way Ektenien is divided into General Church prayer ( liturgist, lecturer and community) and diaconal prayers., it be submitted, as these prayers are also to sing proposals. Likewise, this Agende an extensive selection of Präfationsgebeten and Eucharistic prayers ( the Lord's Supper form B ). , but also suggestions for the design can be found. a special feature compared to the Protestant worship is that the celebration of the confession was recorded with the Evangelical Lutheran Kirchenagende.

The work agendas for the Evangelical Church of the Union

History of the origin of the liturgy I EKU

The liturgy I EKU is based, as the VELKD, mainly due to the preparatory work of the Lutheran Liturgical Conference and other institutions, especially on the 1948 published Kirchenagende I, which was a private work of Peter Brunner, Joachim Beckmann and others. Thus, a first draft could be presented as early as 1953. In 1959, she was adopted and published by a testing phase eventually.

Structure of the agendas work

The liturgy of the Evangelical Church of the Union consists of the following volumes:

  • Volume I: The parish church (1959 )
  • Volume II: The Church's actions (1964 ) Part 1: The orders of Holy Baptism. Receiving a baptized Christian in the Evangelical Church. Resumption of the church spillage. The confirmation. The wedding. The celebration of Holy Communion outside of church worship. The individual confession. The funeral
  • Part 2: The ordination to the ministry. Consecrations. Ecclesiastical Authorization of a teacher or a catechist. Sending of a missionary or a co-worker in an ecumenical service launches. Initiations.

While Volume I to the introduction of the worship book in 1999 was ( it was only after the Perikopenrevision 1976 a new edition with the revised pericopes ) unchanged, appeared in Volume II / 2 is a reprint of the first sections ( old p 133-224 ) under the title

  • Volume II / 2: orders of service for ordination, implementation, authorization and imagination (1984)

Which contained a new version of the services for ordinations and introduction and the texts of the revised Luther Bible were incorporated. The revised edition of the parts of Volume II / 1 resulted after 2000 in the individual volumes of the new agendas work of the ICE.

In the member churches of the agendas community of former EKU are currently at best nor the agenda generic forms for recording, for individual confession to ordination, implementation, authorization, presentation and initiation acts ( churches, organs, bells, etc.) in force.

The structure of the liturgy I EKU in detail

The Evangelical Worship Book of VELKD and EKU

History of its formation

Shortly after the introduction of the last and then still separate agendas Works by VELKD and EKU ( agendas I from 1955 or 1959) work has begun on a new Agendwerk in the Lutheran Liturgical Conference in Germany by 1965 " principles for further work on the liturgy " have been decided. Influence on this development process also practiced since about 1960 acclaimed " worship in a new form ", whose liturgies and texts widely published and were finally known the Dortmund Church Congress in 1963 to a wider community public. Of the church days with there critically acclaimed experimental liturgies else pulses A first important result of the work of the liturgy went out into the celebration of community worship, and not least on the agenda development, such as through the celebration of Holy Communion at the Church Congress in Nuremberg 1979. represents the so-called structure paper of 1974, which was an attempt to meet the challenge posed by the " worship in a new form ". Thus, the memorandum Gathered church was built. Structure and elements of worship. On the reform of worship and liturgy that ushered in a second phase of reform agendas. Two consultations in 1980 between representatives of the VELKD and EKU showed that the development of a common liturgy was sensible and feasible. Already in 1981, a blueprint for the design of a renewed liturgy was presented. In 1990, the Renewed Liturgy was presented as a draft for discussion. Subsequently, the comments were worked on the preliminary draft and changed again crucial in this process, the preliminary draft with a newly assembled group. On 1 Advent 1999, the Evangelical Worship Book was introduced as a compulsory and common liturgy for the member churches of VELKD and EKU.

Introduction to the design and construction of the Protestant worship book

The Protestant worship book is divided (currently) in two volumes. Firstly, the original work (main station) and the supplementary volume.

The service book is based on the " principle of the fixed base structure in variable formation ", which should guide a self-responsible use of the liturgy.

Firstly, two basic forms of worship introduced, based on which individual liturgies can be made:

  • Basic form I (worship with sermon and Holy Communion )
  • Fundamental form II ( Sermon worship [ with Holy Communion ] )

The two basic forms carry on the traditions of the two commonly used since the Reformation forms of worship on the one hand, the structure linked to Latin Mass basic form I, the so-called measurement type as a service with sermon and Holy Communion, on the other hand CONTINUED to the arisen since the late Middle Ages sermon worship fundamental form II as preaching service ( with Holy Communion ).

Furthermore, forms are available for:

  • The celebration of the baptism in the church service,
  • Worship with a small number of participants, Table Supper,
  • Abbreviated forms of worship with and without the Lord's Supper
  • Family worship,
  • Celebration of the Lord's Supper,
  • Service with richer forms of interaction.

The majority of the service book form changing according to the church year and occasion pieces ( proprium ), in which the readings and sermon texts, of the week award, the week song, the entrance psalm, the daily prayer, the prayer of thanksgiving and possibly the Präfationsgebet and Hallelujavers of every Sundays and feast day are fixed and a text collection in which more prayers and prayer calls as well as opportunities for other elements of the service (eg, greeting) listed.

The supplementary volume provides general information on service design, more formations to the basic forms and instructions for the open service design, additions to the text collection, a guide to Liturgical behavior of the pastor during the service as well as further information about liturgy and liturgical chants.

Criteria for service design

During the service book the following criteria for understanding and design of worship are called. The first five criteria are derived from the Renewed Liturgy, criterion six and seven of the agreement on the Renewed Liturgy have been included in the subsequent process.

The structure of the two basic forms in detail

The Union of Evangelical Churches agendas work

With the dissolution of EKU and the founding of the TOB, and after the introduction of common worship book of VELKD and EKU the Liturgical Committee of the ICE began to revise the rest of agendas for Kasualien. Currently, the following parts have been published, in almost all national churches, unless they are member churches of the ICE, (mainly the older part of the agendas EKU ) replace the older agendas:

  • Baptismal Register (2000)
  • Confirmation (2001), is identical to Agende III, Part 6 VELKD
  • Funeral (2004)
  • Wedding Ceremony (2006)

Agendas of other Protestant state churches

Since the Protestant churches of Baden, Hesse and Nassau, Hesse Electorate - Waldeck, Lippe, Oldenburg, Wurtemberg and the Palatinate at the time of the introduction of Protestant worship book neither member churches of the VELKD still the EKU were their own agendas works are in them. However, this does not rule out the similar or even identical service models are as recorded in the service book in the recent editions of this agenda, for example in Baden, Hesse Electorate - Waldeck and the Palatinate.

The Reformed Liturgy


The Reformed Liturgy is the common worship book of Reformed churches in Germany. It was devised by the Alliance of Reformed Churches, 1999.

The focus of the reformed worship is the sermon. In addition to the reformed church preaching the Reformed liturgy but also included those regarded as typical Lutheran service type, measuring form, as a possible form of worship. In addition, it offers liturgical forms for Kasualien and official acts.

Order of service according to the Reformed Liturgy

The Reformed liturgy offers three forms of worship, which allow design variations.

The first form contains the Reformed congregations and churches in Germany widely available form:

The second form is used in the Evangelical Church Altreformierten, and the third form follows the Uniate church tradition. These last two forms take on elements of the measurement form.

Each service type can be connected to a Lord's Supper, in the Reformed liturgy two basic forms A ( with communion meditation ) and B (after the measurement form) provides each with two variants.