addition to Wednesday sext (12:00 PM) and
Thursday compline (9:45 PM), we'll be offering
suffrages (a short prayer service) at the HSC
on Thursdays at 12:10 PM.
St.Paul Hosts Lenten Dinner and 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
Getting Ready To Elect a Synod Bishop
The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the ELCA
will be electing a new bishop this coming June. In
preparation, a series of forums are being held
across the synod. A local forum will be held at St.
Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale), Thursday, Feb. 26,
at 7:00 PM.
An Alternative Alternative Spring Break:
Spend the second half of spring
break in a Lutheran monastery. The LCMWVU is
planning a monastic retreat at St.
Augustine's House Lutheran Monastery.
Participants will experience the Benedictine
rhythm of daily prayer (seven canonical hours),
daily mass, study, work, and rest. Participants
will have limited internet and telephone
Recommended donation to St. Augustine's is $30-35
per full day. Remember, that includes room, board,
all the liturgies, library, etc.. For those
monastery first-timers considering joining or
already inducted into the Ev. Oblates of St.
Benedict (our local Lutheran Benedictine
confraternity to form this coming Lent), the
donation will be partially
subsidized. Daytona will cost a lot more, and
you won't get much reading done on the beach.
Tentative: plan to leave WVU, around lunch on
Wednesday of spring recess and return the
second Saturday of recess. Riegel is driving, so
transportation is covered if traveling with him.
To log your interest, contact Riegel, or visit
the facebook event.
Tenebrae: Service of Shadows
Last year's Tenebrae was so well recieved, 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).
In addition to Tenebrae, we are looking forward to
some wonderful Holy Week offerings. Check out the
calendar (link on the nav bar near the top of the
page). Matins, sext, vespers, and compline for the
first three days followed by joint services between
Morgantown Lutherans and Episcopalians for the
Triduum, including Easter Vigil, beginning at the
Chapel at 8:00 PM.
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.