Lutherans ad orientem and kneeling at railing for Holy Communion:
Father Anthony Ruff, OSB at Praytell writes the following:
When I took my first theology class at St. John’s University, the professor (a Benedictine monk) stated that Martin Luther was, in a sense, a silent father at the Second Vatican Council. The statement must have made an impression on me, for I have thought about it often ever since.
At the beginning of this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I’d like to make the case for Martin Luther, the great sixteenth-century reformer, as a father of the Second Vatican Council.
Both Luther and Vatican II saw something wrong with the church’s liturgical life and saw the need to reform it.
Both Luther and Vatican II saw liturgical reform, to a great extent, as going back to earlier times in the apostolic tradition and pruning away unfortunate accretions of later development.
Both Luther and Vatican II wanted to increase active, direct participation in the liturgy, and to that end advocated for vernacular worship. But interestingly, both preserved a place for liturgical Latin.
Near the end of his life, Luther celebrated Mass at which the choir sang the whole Mass Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) in Latin, to the surprise and disappointment of some of his followers.
Luther thought people who didn’t appreciate Latin choral music were stupid idiots.
Jack Wayne a commenter writes the following:
Lutherans don’t seem to be as overtly against things like ad orientem worship, communion rails, and keeping “outdated” language in their beloved traditional hymns. I’d love it if we Catholics could adopt that liturgical attitude.
I agree with Jack Wayne!