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.
There 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)
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
Monastic Retreat After
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
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.