Monday, April 1, 2013

For the feast day of Franz Bibfeldt

Today is celebrated as the feast day of theologian Franz Bibfeldt on the calendars of some Western churches, especially in the environs of Chicago, Illinois in the U.S.A. I remember fondly my delightful discovery of the thought of this theologian previously unknown to me when I stumbled across the Festschrift published in his honor in a Borders bookstore in Fort Worth, Texas sometime in the mid-1990s. In honor of Bibfeldt's feast day and in gratitude for his contributions to the development of Christian theology, I'm posting the collect "Of a Theologian and Teacher" from the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith: We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Franz, and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Related Post: Another word of the "feast day" of Franz Bibfeldt

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