[quote="flightkid, post:17, topic:295990"]
WorkerPriest...is there documentation or lineage of Lutheran Pastors having "holy orders" or the laying on of hands from an Eastern Cathp;oc Bishop? Any way you can share or show me some articles? Also my question is I thought Lutherans did not believe in needing the laying on hands for pastors to be able to consencrate the eucharist? Is that true?
Yes, there are some of the smaller Lutheran synods that have either retained or reclaimed Apostolic Succession from Eastern bishops, but they are a significant minority of Lutherans. An exception may be, with historic Lutheran churches in places like Sweden, which never stopped their Apostolic Succession, even after the Reformation. I think the Church of Finland is in a similar situation, which allows them to work very closely with the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly in their border regions.
The majority opinion among Lutherans, is that the Church confers Holy Orders, or places a man into the office of the Holy Ministry, through the calling of that man and the laying on of hands (perhaps a presbyterial succession, or even a baptismal succession, linking that ordination through the faithful all the way back to the Apostles.) In the US, that is most often done as a joint operation between the congregation which calls, the ecclesiastical supervisor/bishop of the area, and the presbyters of the area, all coming together to consecrate that man into Christ's Apostolic office of Word and Sacrament. We see the office as part of the Church, and not only tied to the succession of particular bishops, following examples of the very early church, where persecution often killed off priests and bishops far faster that they could be canonically confirmed by other local bishops, but noting that the church and the pastoral office continued despite such persecutions.
For some Lutherans, because we note that the Historic or Apostolic Succession is critical to our Christian brothers in other communions, and that it is noted as a worthy thing to retain in our Confessions, have re-instated it for the peace of mind between Christians. While I have an episcopal trail that links back all the way to the Apostles, I do not count that nearly so important as faithfulness to Apostlic doctrine (the Holy Scriptures) and faithful execution of my office as unto Christ for the sake of His people.
Peace be with you.