Guess the Quote

This isn’t really a “Who Said That” or a “Guess the Good Guy.” The quote is obviously from a document. So, can you guess which document (original source)?

It is directed that the Lord’s Supper shall be administered in the larger towns at least once a month and in villages once in two months, and in either case always on Christmas, Easter, and Whitsuntide. As the edification of the Church may require, it is Christian and right to celebrate it oftener.

Don’t be a cheater.


Here’s the answer to this short-lived game: This is an excerpt from the Palatinate Liturgy, originally written in the same year as the Heidelberg Catechism, 1563, by Casper Olevianus. The Liturgy, printed with the Catechism for the churches, served to “provide for and represent the worship of the Church as the Catechism did its doctrine.” –(from Creed and Cultus, 1863).

I found (most of?) the liturgy in the above linked Tercentenary Monument from the Reformed Church in America. (If anyone has a link to a stand-alone copy of the Palatinate Liturgy let me know).

Also of note: I noticed that the prayers used in the sacrament of baptism are virtually unchanged in our churches today. I also liked the confession and absolution which include this declaration spoken by the minister, “I announce, by the command of God, that they are released in Heaven from all their sins.”


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8 Responses to Guess the Quote

  1. RubeRad says:

    My guess (for no particular reason) is some of the extra, lesser-known artifacts connected with Dordt. I know of a statement on the Sabbath in something called the “post-acta of Dordt”.

    So wherever it’s from, is the idea that churches are underserved by ordained ministers of the gospel who may lawfully administer the sacraments, so this is set out to make sure every congregation gets their fair shake at communion?

  2. Rick says:

    re your guess: No.

    The same document tells us that sermons shouldn’t be more than an hour long.

    Practical concerns abound but the idea is the oft-ness of the Supper in this era filled with obstacles to frequent celebration and the recognition that it is right to celebrate it more often. And yes, ordained ministers were few in some outlying areas so proper administration couldn’t be maintained as often.

    Today, we cite practical concerns that pale in comparison to what these had to deal with – and many of our churches celebrate the Supper less than they did.

  3. "lee n. field" says:


    Guess — Westminster DPW?

  4. Rick says:

    “Whitsuntide” or “White Sunday” also known as Pentecost.

    guess: No

    You’re both somewhat close with your guesses.

  5. RubeRad says:

    I don’t know names for any other historical, reformed artifacts akin to the DPW and the Dordt Post Acta, directions from General Assemblies/Synods/Classises to congregations in their care on practical matters of worship, but I’m sure there must have been many, associated with Calvin, Knox, etc.

  6. Rick says:

    OK, I updated the post.

  7. RubeRad says:

    Nice. Does that mean I win?

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