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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 (3/23/2015)

We're on Spring Break

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 welcome.

Tenebrae: Service of Shadows

Tenebrae schola 2014

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 afterwards.
  • 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.

Triduum Offerings

The special observances for the Triduum (Three Days) will be shared with our local Lutheran and Episcopalian friends.
  • 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.

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An Alternative Alternative Spring Break: Monastic Retreat

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, and rest.

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.

Newsletter Posted

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 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 ( 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 or 248-628-5155.

For more information about St. Augustine's House, visit 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 1˝ 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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