For the last two weeks of the term (the so-called
"dead week" and exam week), we will follow our usual
practice of expanding our devotional offerings. Sext
(midday prayer) will be prayed each weekday at
12:00 PM, and compline (night prayer) will
be prayed each weeknight at 9:45 PM. Following sext,
meridian will feature lunch, and ten-chow (chow at
10:00 PM) will follow compline.
Every effort will be made to ensure the that Chapel
(including the undercroft, our lower lever
fellowship area) is open from 10:00 AM through 4:00
PM every weekday as a place for study and
relaxation. The undercroft features WiFi and a
kitchen. For 24x7 access, contact
A note on parking: parking at the Chapel is
restricted at all times (except for Sunday services)
to the residents of Luther House. Please do not park
at the Chapel to take exams, go to the library,
etc.. Luther House residents (and chapel staff) need
unfettered 24x7 egress.
What is the Church?
Our Course on the Augsburg Confession will
conclude (for this year) on April 24, 8:30 - 9:30
PM, in the undercroft (lower level) of the Lutheran
Campus Chapel. The April 24 session will look at a
variety of topics ranging from the use of the
sacraments to ecclesiastical order to civil
Housing: Apply for Luther House
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Luther House will transition during the 2014-2015
into an "oblate house" in which 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, Luther House 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.
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
Luther House Repairs
The Luther House has made some significant progress
see we began major structural repairs last 18 months
With the new king beam in place and the 2nd floor
stabilized on the west side of the building, we
could move ahead with finish work in the dining room
and living room. Finally, we have a dining room, and
Christian Thomas is already enjoying it.
More work needs to be done. Most immediately, the NW
bedroom needs to be finished, and, then,
attention needs to be turned to the staircase.
A little background: We discovered, in the process
of a minor wall repair, that load bearing elements
had been damaged in an earlier renovation of the
bathrooms (we think in the '40s or '50s).
Experienced workers are always a great help in such
a situation, but even the inexperienced can help.
There is plenty of hauling, holding, lifting, etc.,
and you might just learn some new skills in the
The Three Holy Days that began last night with
Maundy Thursday mass continues.
Good Friday (the remainder of the day)
The 7:00 PM Good Friday service (adoration of the
Cross) will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church
(Evansdale) with Fr. Mike Hadaway preaching.
Easter Vigil begins at the Lutheran Campus Chapel
at 8:00 PM. The New Fire will be burning on the
porch as worshipers arrive. We will be at the
Chapel for the Lucernarium
, office of
readings, and reaffirmation of baptism. We will
then process by candlelight to Trinity Episcopal
Church for the Eucharistic rite.
Easter Day begins with matins at St. Paul Lutheran
Church followed by mass at 10:00 AM.
The Sunday evening schedule at the Chapel will be
modified. Second vespers of the Resurrection will
be prayed at 7:00 PM. A simple mass will follow at
Holy Week has been a bit of a blur, and we don't
have time for a proper after action report.
Nevertheless, we'd like to mention the Tenebrae
held Wednesday night. Eleven brothers of the
Epsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
formed a schola to chant the psalms, providing a
solid support for the congregational singing of
the antiphons while, at the same time, expanding
their own musical experience. We're waiting for a
The Good Friday Tre ore
was preached at
Trinity Episcopal Church cooperatively between the
local Lutheran and Episcopalian clergy.
Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday were
observed with matins at 7:30 AM, sext at 12:00 PM,
vepsers at 7:30 PM, and compline at 9:00 PM.
It will be really nice to get back to a more
relaxed schedule. Oh, wait, next week is dead
week! R&R is just going to have to wait.
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After Ashes: Prayer
Though the heart is changed and mind illumined by God’s
prevenient grace, both heart and mind must be exercised if
they are to grow in holy affection and holy contemplation.
To this end, God
not only grants the donation of his incipient grace but
also provides means for our advancement in sanctification.
Lenten Sanctuary Days
We set aside one day each week of lent as a "sanctuary
day." The day begins with matins (morning prayer) at 7:30
AM. Matins lasts about 20-25 minutes. Then, at 9:00 AM,
12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM, we pray the "minor hours," terce,
sext, and none. Each minor hour last 10-15 minutes. These
liturgies have stood the test of time with roots going
back before A.D. 500. People have asked, "What are they
like?" Well, come and see. What you will find is, quite
frankly, monastic in the Benedictine tradition.
Each sanctuary day, we'll serve a simple lunch after sext
in keeping with Lent.
The Chapel will be kept intentionally subdued so as to
maintain an environment conducive to prayer,
contemplation, and spiritual counsel.
The next sanctuary day will be Monday, March 31. The last
sanctuary day will be April 11.
Sanctuary Open for All
The Chapel sanctuary will be open every weekday from 9:00
AM through 5:00 PM. It may be open early and later. Come
in to pray, think, read, or rest. Devotional resources
will be available to guide your prayers, meditation, or
Every Thursday, we will gather at 12:05 PM for sext
(midday prayer) at the HSC in the "Reflections Room" HSC
2001 (located off the main corridor near the HSC Library).
After sext, you are invited to come down to the HSC
cafeteria for fellowship and food (or water if you are
Lutheran Monastery Reaches Out to Collegians
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
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.