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Churchly Words You Should Know


A pyx is a storage container for Communion wafers, which is often stored in a tabernacle. There is another type of pyx that is used to hold the ashes for the Ash Wednesday service.


The term reverend is an adjective that simply indicates that a person is a member of the clergy. It is not an office in and of itself, but merely a title of educational and ecclesiastical status. Most Pastors are Reverends, but not all Reverends are Pastor. The term “Reverend Father” is the same as saying “Pastor.”


Rubrics are written directions for liturgical actions found in religious service and liturgical books, especially in Christianity. They are traditionally printed or written in red, thus the name from the Latin ruber, to distinguish them from the words that are supposed to be spoken, which are printed in black.

Rubrics may also refer to any liturgical action customarily performed over the course of a service whether or not they are actually written down.


In historic church architecture, the sacristy is the room or closet in which communion equipment, linen, and supplies are kept. It is usually equipped with a sink.

Who Are We? - What is a Lutheran?

The answer to this question is simply this, “A Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches, and confesses all the truths of God’s Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord.” The Book of Concord contains the Lutheran confessions of faith.

Perhaps you have attended an ordination of a pastor and heard him promise that he will perform the duties of his office in accord with the Lutheran Confessions. Also, when people are received into membership into a Lutheran congregation through confirmation they are asked if they confess the doctrine of the Confessional Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord to be faithful and true.

These solemn promises indicate to us just how important the Lutheran Confessions are for our church. Let’s take a look at the various items contained in the Book of Concord and then see why the Lutheran Confessions are so important for being a Lutheran.


What are the Smalcald Articles?

In 1537, Martin Luther was asked to prepare a statement of Lutheran belief for use at a church council of the Roman Church, if it was ever called. The Council eventually took place at Trent, but Lutherans were not invited. Luther’s bold and vigorous confession of faith was later presented to a group of Lutheran rulers meeting in the town of Smalcald, Germany, to form a military league of defense.

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Service Times & Map

Second Saturday of every month: Private Confession & Absolution at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, or by special appointment with the Pastor.


Pastor Q & A: 9:00 AM

Adult and Children's Bible Time: 9:30 AM

Worship: 10:30 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Youth Instruction: 3:30 PM

Wednesday Worship during Advent and Lent

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
P: (520) 458-5897

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