We're on Spring
The Lutheran Campus Chapel is closed during the
recess. Worship services and other activities are
suspended until we return. We reopen with Palm
Sunday mass, March 29, 7:00 PM.
One More St.Paul Dinner & Vespers
Every Wednesday night in Lent (not including Holy
Week), St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale) is
hosting a Lenten soup dinner at 6:00 PM followed by
vespers (evening prayer) at 7:00 PM. All are
Tenebrae: Service of Shadows
Last year's Tenebrae was so well received, we're
doing it again, Holy Wednesday (April 1), at 7:30 PM
at the Lutheran Campus Chapel.
Chanted psalms and readings from the Lamentations
of Jeremiah guide the participant into the
contemplation of Christ's Passion.
Last year, we were blessed to have an ad hoc
tenebrae schola comprised of brothers from
ΕΣ of ΦΜΑ Sinfonia. The Sinfonians are already
practicing for this year. Join us for a truly
sublime worship service, featuring a form of music
not often heard in today's churches (or streets
for that matter).
The First Days of Holy Week
The Great and Holy Week kicks of at the Chapel with
Palm Sunday mass, March 29, 7:00 PM. There are
several special offerings during the week to
compliment our regular schedule.
Matins (morning prayer) will be prayed
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, at
7:30 AM. This service lasts about 20 minutes.
Sext will be prayed at 12:00 noon on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This
service lasts about 10 minutes. If your not
fasting, there is plenty of time to grab lunch
Vespers (evening prayer) will be prayed
Monday and Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. This
service last about 20 minutes.
Compline will be prayed Monday, Tuesday,
and Wednesday nights at 9:45 PM.
Suffrages will be prayed at the HSC at
12:10 PM on Thursday in the 2nd floor reflection
room near the library.
The special observances for the Triduum (Three Days)
will be shared with our local Lutheran and
- Maundy Thursday (April 2) mass will be
held at St. Paul (Evansdale) at 7:00 PM.
- Good Friday will feature a Tre ore
(three hour meditation upon the Seven Last Words
of Christ), 12:00 - 3:00 PM, and a Good Friday
evening service at Trinity Episcopal (corner of
Spruce & Willey), 7:00 PM. A special not
about the Tre ore; it is perfectly
acceptable to come late and leave early.
- Easter Vigil will be celebrated on
Saturday, beginning at 8:00 PM at the Lutheran
Campus Chapel. Feel free to come early and hang
out around the New Fire.
- Easter Matins will be prayed at St.
Paul at 7:00 AM --- not really Triduum, but this
seems like a good place to announce it.
An Alternative Alternative Spring Break:
Participants in the Lutheran
Campus Ministry will be heading off to St.
Augustine's House Lutheran Monastery for the
second half of recess. While there, they will
experience the Benedictine rhythm of daily prayer
(seven canonical hours), daily mass, study, work,
Chaplain Returns from Germany
Chap. Riegel has returned safely from a
three-week educational leave in Germany where he
participated in a 11th International Seminar of
the LWF, conducted research in Berlin's
ecclesiastical archives, and scouted numerous
Luther history sites.
The newsletter has been printed, folded, stuffed,
and mailed. You can also download it here.
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
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
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
Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
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
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
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.