Lutherans agree to a certain extant with the Catholic teaching regarding the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist. They believe that the Body and Blood of our Lord is present in the bread and wine after consecration by the presiding minister.
My question is, where does a Lutheran minister get his (or her) authority to consecrate the elements? There is nothing in Scripture that tells us that only properly ordained clergy can preside at the Supper/Eucharist. We get this from Tradition. The Church teaches that only a validly ordainted priest or bishop can consecrate the elements but it comes from Holy Tradition not Holy Scripture.
In other words, how do Lutheran get around Apostolic Succession and valid Holy Orders?
Again, we are not told in Scripture that only a validly ordained member of the clergy can preside, yet in Lutheran churches, only an ordained minister can consecrate. (Also, how do you square this with Sola Scriptura?) I’ve been in services where the minister was absent but an elder distributed pre-sanctified elements to the congregation.
I attended a Lutheran congregation (LCMS) for a few years but never thought to ask.