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και μη συσχηματζεσθε τω αιωνι τουτω,αλλα μεταμορφουσθε τη ανακαινωσει του νοος
εις το δοκιμαζειν υμας τι το θελημα τομ θεου, το αγαθον και ευαρεστον και τελειον.

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Headline News (4/8/2015)

A Few Weeks of Normal

After four matins, four sexts, three vespers, 6 compline, 1 tenebrae, 1 tre ore, 1 vigil, and 2 masses, Holy Week and Easter weekend is behind us. We return to our normal worship schedule through the penultimate week of April: mass on Sundays, 7;00 PM; complines, Sunday, 9:00 PM, and Thursday, 9:45 PM; and sexts, Wednesdays, 12:00 PM. Once we hit the last week of April, however, we will shift into our final fortnight mode.

Religion & Evolution Panel

WVU's Religious Studies Club and Muslim Student Association will host the "1st annual Interfaith Panel on Religion and Evolution." This conversation of religion and science will feature some of Morgantown's religious leaders and educators to talk about the variety of views held on the topic. Each speaker will give a brief speech and then there will be a moderated Q&A. The conversation will focus on the Abrahamic traditions and remain scholarly. Please be respectful! There will be snacks and refreshments! Panel begins Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 PM, in Brooks 225.

Pilgrimage to Pitt

We head to Pittsburgh for our semester road trip to attend compline with Pittsburgh Compline Choir. Compline is at 8:00 PM. Unfortunately, Heinz Chapel is under renovation. Compline will be held at this evening at Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside.

PA Hx MarkerThere will be a leisurely stop at Sarris' Candies on the way down to Pittsburgh. We'll then head to Old Economy Village to tour the community of the Harmonists (a.k.a., Rappites), a religious movement that blended Pietism and late 18th-century Theosophy. The Harmonists departed Württemberg for Pennsylvania under pressure form both the government and the Lutheran Church. We don't know where dinner will be yet.

Departure from Morgantown TBA. Those who only want to grab compline (and maybe dinner) can form a second cohort departing later. Return to WVU should be around 10:45 PM.


Remember, we need to know who can drive and who needs a ride. Please RSVP via facebook or by e-mail (Chaplain@LutheranMountaineer.org) ASAP.

Final Fortnight

During exam week and the week before exams, the Lutheran Campus Chapel will hold sext and compline every weekday at 12:00 PM and 9:45 PM. Meridian lunch will be served after sext and ten-chow after compline.

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Monastic Retreat After Exams?

Nothing is definite, but we are thinking of making a trip to St. Augustine's House Lutheran Monastery sometime after exams. Those joining us will experience the Benedictine rhythm of daily prayer (seven canonical hours), daily mass, study, work, and rest. Two of our number joined Chap. Riegel for part of spring recess at the monastery. They reported having an amazing time.

Protestant & Monastic?

A little history

The two concepts are not antithetical, and there is actually history to support it. Contrary to popular opinion, Luther did not close the monasteries. While he had sharp criticisms of what monasticism had become by his day, we also wrote several letters defending monastic foundations from the local political rulers. Some monasteries and convents actually converted to Lutheranism, and the vestiges survey to this day in Germany. Monastic foundations also continued in the Anglican tradition, and, following W.W.II, a rebirth of Protestant monasticism took place in both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions.

So, what's that got to do with WVU?

This past year, we committed to the formation of a confraternity, a local group of people who desire to enter into a deeper, more disciplined spirituality shaped buy daily prayer, Study of the Word, Christian fellowship, and growth in sanctification, as informed by the Lutheran and Benedictine traditions.

The confraternity will open to men and women, students, faculties, staff, and members of the local community. Before joining, one can explore life in a confraternity as a guest and then postulant, without making formal commitments.

In addition to the mutual support of the confratres in things spiritual, the confraternity will also provides devotional resources, periodic communal meals, an option for religious housing, and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran monastery.

When does this begin?

Officially, we'll establish the confraternity at the beginning of Lent 2015. In the weeks between now and then, we'll be talking about this opportunity and answering questions. If you are interested (or merely curious), we'd be happy to send you a copy of the customary, answer any questions you might have, or meet with you. Drop us a line (Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us (304-680-5388).

LutherhausReligious Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus

If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an "oblate house."

Lutherhaus will become an "oblate house" with the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Residents pledge themselves to daily prayer and life as a religious community informed by Lutheran Benedictine spirituality according to the model established by the Congregation of the Servants of Christ (St. Augustine's House). Residents will have opportunities to make retreats at St. Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine monastery.

Housing agreements can be made for an entire year, the summer, or a single semester. Sometimes additional rooms open up as students opt for overseas studies.

Located directly behind the Chapel, Lutherhaus is one block from the Beechhurst PRT and two from the Mountainlair. Residential membership fee for the oblate house is $500 per month (utilities included) with a $50 rebate if no vehicle is brought by the resident. Lutherhaus can lodge seven. Each resident gets a private semi-furnished bedroom. There are three shared baths and shared kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for details. For more information on facebook, click here.

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St. Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery Reaches Out to Collegians &Seminarians

St. Augustine's House has issued a special invitation to collegians and seminarians to visit.

Spend a day, a week, a month at the only Lutheran monastery in America.  The Congregation of the Servants of Christ, living at St. Augustine's House in Oxford, Michigan, invites you for a time (whether long or short) of formation in the life of prayer.  Please make arrangements for dates and accommodations at StAugHouse@aol.com or 248-628-5155.

For more information about St. Augustine's House, visit http://www.StAugustinesHouse.org or speak with Chap. Riegel.

Chaplain Serves on Monastic Council

Chap. Riegel was elected by the chapter of the Congregation of the Servants of Christ, the Lutheran Benedictine body in the Western Hemisphere, to serve on the congregation's council. Riegel served on the council prior to the birth of his second daughter thirteen years ago. In fulfillment of his obligations, Riegel will be making a few trips each year to St. Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine priory. There may be room on some of those trips for co-pilot. If you are interested in accompanying Riegel, let him know.

There and Back Again: How Do I Get to the Chapel? How Do I Get Home?

Monday through Saturday, the PRT and several buses serve the campus and surrounding community.  One concern, however, is getting home as these services shut down.  If you can get to the Chapel for a planned worship service or other activity, we can see that you get home.

WVU BusSunday mass transit is limited to the Sunday Shopping Shuttle (click for map & schedule).  This shuttle runs right past the Chapel with a 6:41 p.m. stop at the Mountainlair (only 1½ blocks from the Chapel)...perfect for making 7:00 p.m. mass.  Unfortunately, West Run, The District, etc., are not on the route.  Let us know that you would like a ride, and we'll try to arrange a carpool in your area--try to give us a little lead time to work on this.  Again, if you make it to the Chapel, we'll get you home.

Chapel Parking is used by the Luther House residents, and they need unfettered access.  Please don't block the entrance (or park in the upper end of the driveway) or use the chapel as a place to leave your car while you go to the library or class.  Remember that, in the evenings, the university lots (#1 across from the chapel and those flanking Stansbury) are not patrolled.  Also, street parking is free on Sundays.

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