Singing Songs to Mary
The ELCA's official magazine cover story for their December 2014 issue of The Lutheran is titled “Mary & mariachi music:Virgin of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.” In the cover story we read all about Trinity of Manhattan [N.Y.] Lutheran Church celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe:
“The day commemorates the vision and miracle when a girl appeared to peasant Juan Diego on a hill outside of Mexico City with instructions to build a temple on the site. When he delivered the message to the local bishop, roses not native to the area fell from Diego’s cloak and an image of the Virgin Mary was impressed on the simple garment.”
The Lutheran magazine goes on:
“The first part of Trinity’s celebration, Las Mananitas, occurs at 6 a.m. on Dec. 12. Worshipers leave roses at the altar. They sing songs to Mary, enjoy Mexican sweetbread and a rice drink, and go on to work or school.” (read here)
Is this the message ELCA leadership wants to send its readers, that singing songs to Mary is encouraged in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America? A church that sings songs to someone other than God sounds like it is worshiping that entity. And why is the ELCA lifting up a celebration of a supposed vision of the Virgin Mary? It's hard to believe they would believe this was a God-directed occurrence when the denomination's top leaders do not even believe the first chapter of the Bible (God's account of creation).
I guess the ELCA will do anything to get people into their pews, even that which doesn't conform to the truth of Scripture. Sadly this is not the first time, nor, I might say, will it be their last.
1/5/2015 01:04:36 am
Strange, very strange indeed. Have you heard about Santa Maria de Guadalupe, an ELCA church in Irving, Texas? Is the ELCA suddenly becoming Catholic? Does it now accept praying to Mary and the apparitions of Mary? Now, I'm a Catholic so I think this would be very nice, but somehow I don't think that is what's happening. No, this is nothing more than a crass ploy to trick uneducated immigrants and make them think the Lutheran Church is just like their Catholic Church back home in Mexico -- and fill up some ELCA pews. Disgusting, the worst. I hope there is a bright side to this, a silver lining, but right now I'm not seeing it....
Recovering from the ELCA
1/6/2015 02:27:22 am
I totally agree Kathy. The ELCA's diversion from the Bible is actually what caused me to examine my Lutheranism closer and eventually pulled me in to the Catholic Church. As Catholics we DO NOT PRAY TO MARY! We ask for her to pray for us, much as we would ask friends or family to pray for us.
1/6/2015 02:45:34 am
Thank you for clearing up the "praying to Mary" phrase that I wrote. I meant that we pray THROUGH Mary, just as I would ask a friend to pray for me. For Catholics Mary is not divine; she is a creature just like us, but obviously a very special creature. There is nothing wrong with asking her for her intercession. This goes back to the Wedding at Cana, if anyone wants a biblical reference.
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