Monday, July 5, 2010

A Brief LHP Review

Scotto, Dominic T.O.R. The Table of the Lord. Petersham, MA: St. Bede's Publications, 2002. 74 Pages. Paper. $18.00. / (LHP)

The Table of the Lord is a brief history of the piece of sacred furniture that serves as a focal point for the Service of the Sacrament.

The author, writing as a Roman Catholic, assumes transubstantiation (2) and a reenactment of Christ's sacrifice during the Roman Mass (4).

Dominic Scotto gives a brief development of the history of the table/altar in Christian sacramental use, preferring a return to "a simple table."

This brief volume isn't worth $18.00 for a paperback and other authors and resources such as Luther's Small Catechism (on the Sacrament of the Altar) may help the Lutheran reader with greater clarity and completeness at less cost.

The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.