Eurasia Regional Director, Rev. Tony Booker, offers a glimpse of Lenten practices in The Czech Republic among two of the church bodies with which The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) works. Rev. Booker lives and serves in Prague, where he is pastor of an English-speaking LCMS congregation and from where he bases his work as Regional Director.
–By Rev. Tony Booker
There are two different Lutheran churches in the Czech Republic.
The Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SECAC) tends to reflect the results of several hundred years of oppression by the Roman Catholic Church and sometimes reacts strongly against traditions and practices that are deemed too Catholic.
The younger Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Czech Republic is free from this burden and draws upon catholic traditions as it is meet, right and salutary to do so. Ashes are imposed on Ash Wednesday and Lent is observed in mid-week services, while the Divine Services on Sunday continue to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the preached word and in the Lord’s Supper.