15 - What is the “Introit”?

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What is the “Introit”?
The Introit (pronounced in-TRO-it) comes from the Latin word introitus which means “entrance.” The Introit used to be sung as the Pastors came into the church and approached the altar.

Why do we use the Introit in the Divine Service?
Usually, the Introit is a Psalm, or parts of Psalms, put together to help sketch a picture of the theme for the day. Sometimes the Introit can be portions of other books of the Bible. For an example of this, the Introit for “All Saints’ Day.” comes from a Psalm and the book of Revelation, but all of it comes from God’s Word!


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Parents:
Before or after the Divine Service, look through the service for the Introit. Be sure to point out the one theme that ties all the parts of the service together: our Savior, Jesus Christ.

14 - What is the “Gradual”?

What is the “Gradual”?
The Gradual is the responsive reading that takes place between the Old Testament Reading and the Epistle Reading. The Gradual can be a Psalm or another portion of Scripture appropriate for the day.

Why do we do this in the Divine Service?
The word “Gradual” comes from the Latin word gradus which means “step.” As you can probably guess from its name, the Gradual is a stepping stone from one reading to another. In other words, after we read from God’s Word in the Old Testament, we use God’s Word in the Gradual to step to God’s Word in the Epistle. Wow! There sure is a lot of God’s wonderful Word in the Divine Service!


Parents:
Before or after the Divine Service, direct your children to the Gradual for the day. Remind them to concentrate on God’s Word throughout the Divine Service.

13 - What is the “Collect”?

What is the “Collect”?
The word “collect” (pronounced COLL-ect) comes from the Latin word collectus which means “gathered together.” A Collect is a prayer to God which gathers together the thoughts of the congregation into one prayer for the day.

Why do we use a Collect in the Divine Service?
We use the Collect in the Divine Service because it focuses the congregation’s prayers and attention on the readings from God’s Word, which will be read shortly after the Collect. The Collect highlights the theme of the Sunday throughout the Church Year.


Parents:
Before the Collect is prayed in the service, remind your children to pray in their minds along with the pastor. Encourage them to pay close attention to his words. Encourage them to listen for the theme in the collect and in the Gospel reading.

11 - What is “prayer”?

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What is “prayer”? 
Have you ever wanted to talk to God? Well, guess what … you can! God promises to hear and answer us when we pray. Because we want to concentrate on what we are praying and who we are praying to, we may close our eyes, fold our hands and bow our heads so that we are not distracted by the things around us. You don’t have to do all that, though. You can pray anywhere and at anytime. 

What should we pray for? 
We not only ask God for what we need, but we praise and thank Him for what He has already given us. If you want to, you can pray to God just to talk to him. We pray especially that God would keep us strong in our faith, and that He might bring others to faith too. 

Are there different types of prayer? 
There are many different types of prayer. Much of our worship is prayers, including the Confession, the Agnus Dei, and the Post-Communion Canticle. You can find prayers for different times and needs on pages 305–18 in Lutheran Service Book.


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Parents: Direct your child to the different prayers in our worship. (For example The Prayer of the Church) Turn to pages 327 in Lutheran Service Book. Read through Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers. Try using them at home with your children when they wake up in the morning and before they go to bed at night.

10 - What is “Matins”? 

What is “Matins”? 
Today we receive our Lord’s gracious gifts through the Order of Matins. The word “Matins” comes from the Latin word “matutinus” which means “of the morning.” Matins is a service of prayer that is used by the Church in the morning. 

Why do we use the Order of Matins? 
The Order of Matins has been used by Christians since almost the beginning of Christianity. At the beginning of the day, Christians prayed the Order of Matins because it started their day off right! You can use the Order of Matins too! When you wake up in the morning, grab your hymnal and try it. What better way than to begin each morning deep in God’s wonderful Word? If you’re not sure how to do it, then ask your pastor. He’d be glad to help you!


Parents:
It can be quite easy for children to learn and enjoy the liturgy of the Church when a parent shows them how. Children rely upon routines in their lives, which are put in place by parents. Matins can become a part of the morning devotional routine at your house.