The Lutheran Campus Chapel will reopen on Sunday,
Nov. 30, for the celebration of mass for the First
Sunday of Advent at 7:00 PM. Compline will follow at
at the Chapel
Advent begins Sunday, Nov. 30, and the Lutheran
Campus Chapel enters into the Advent discipline with
increased opportunity for private and corporate
devotion and thematic changes to the liturgy and
Final Fortnight (not quite)
WVU's exam schedule follows again the pattern
established last year. Beginning Dec. 8 and
continuing through Dec. 17, sext (midday prayer) and
compline (prayer at the close of the day) will be
prayed at 12:00 PM and 9:45 PM. Following sext, a
light meridian lunch will be available. Ten-chow
will follow compline.
Chapel to close for Christmas Recess
The Lutheran Campus Chapel will close on Thursday,
Dec. 18, for the Christmas Recess. We will reopen
with 7 PM mass for the Feast of the Baptism of Our
Lord on Jan. 11.
Was Ist Das? Catechesis on
"What does this mean (Was Ist Das)?" is
Martin Luther's repeated question as he explores the
fundamentals of the faith through his Small
Catechism. We'll take up Luther's Small
and Large Catechisms as our study series in
preparation for the 2017 quincentennial celebration
of the Lutheran Reformation. The catechisms are
amazing works in which theology and pastoral
sensitivity meet to explain the Ten Commandments
(Decalogue), the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer,
baptism, communion, and confession.
Our next session, titled, "Honor and Good Report,"
will be Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 PM. The topic
will be the Eighth Commandment, "Thou shalt not bear
false witness against thy neighbor."
Sessions are held weekly at the Lutheran Campus
Chapel on Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to
compline). As each session is self-contained, feel
free to jump in any week. Copies of the catechisms
can be found on-line. For the Small Catechism,
here. For the Large Catechism, click
here. Supplemental offerings (totally
optional) will pop up from time to time in the form
of movies, guest speakers, etc..
This course is appropriate for Lutherans and
non-Lutherans, anyone interested in historical
theology, those who have never studied the
catechisms, those who need a refresher, and those
who want to approach the catechisms at the
collegiate level. Non-students are welcome.
Reformation Daze! 2014
Reformation Daze! 2014
kicked off, on Reformation Sunday (Oct. 26), with a
mass using the 1958 Service Book and Hymnal
liturgy and hymns by Philip Nicolai (1608), Johann
Heermann (1647), and Paul Gerhardt (1676).
Monday night, The Rev. Dr. Shelly
Barrick Parsons (Presbyterian Student Fellowship)
and The Rev. Mike Hadaway (Canterbury Club) joined
Chap. Riegel for an ecumenical panel discussion
moderated by WVU Religion major Ken Tolley,
exploring the origins of our respective movements,
how they have changed over the last 500 years, and
the state of relations between them.
The Wurst Dinner on Campus was held Tuesday. Over
fifty joined in the annual feast. We were also
blessed to have with us Daniel Crofts, a recruiter
for Young Adults in Global Mission.
A small entourage headed to Gettysburg, PA, on
Wednesday for the annual Luther Colloquium held on
the Gettysburg Seminary campus. Attendees heard
lectures by scholars from the USA and Finland and
also had an opportunity to visit exhibition of rare
16th-century books. Lunch was enjoyed at Earnie's
Texas Lunch --- a Gettysburg tradition.
Thursday's "Luther Movie Night" departing from out
tradition of showing a "Luther Movie," showing,
instead, the first episode of the The
Decalogue, an amazing and somewhat
disturbing 1989 Polish TV series. The episode,
focusing upon the First Commandment, dovetailed
nicely with our study of Luther's Catechism.
Friday of Reformation
Daze! has become the night to play Here
I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555.
The Mountaineer War College hosted the gaming
session, and some new students were introduced to
the fascinating and complex history of the
We closed off the octave with a reprisal of the SBH
liturgy structured as a requiem mass in observance
of All Souls' Day.
The Lutheran Student Movement, an officially
recognized WVU student club, will reorganize this
semester. Student input is sought on a range of
questions, including mission and scope of work at
WVU, relationship with the national LSM
organization, and relationship with the Lutheran
Campus Ministry at WVU. A reorganizational meeting
is being planned. More to be posted soon.
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.
Summer Luther House
The Luther House has made some significant progress
since we began major structural repairs two years
With the west end of the building stabilized and
reinforced---a project requiring new interior
footers, two king beams, a good deal of jacking,
sistering of floor joists and construction of
replacement load-bearing walls, not to mention the
removal of more concrete than should ever have been
poured on a second floor---we were able to reopen
the dining room---you can see Christian enjoying it
in the photo below---and the living room. The NW
bedroom will be ready for use by the start of the
Attention has been turned to stabilization and
reinforcement of the east end of the house which
includes the staircase. The cosmetics on the living
room and renovation of the kitchen cannot take place
until this structural issue is addressed.
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