Liturgy Project

A gracious thank you goes out to Sam Lanzer, LCM Student Intern, who spearheaded this project.

Here at Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison, we recognize that many of us may feel separated from the normal routine of church during the pandemic. 

A significant part of our experiences in worship are determined by the liturgical calendar. Every year, we celebrate holidays and seasons in church. We wanted to start a project that can help keep us connected to these celebrations throughout the year while we are apart. 

In the liturgical calendar, the year is divided into several seasons and includes a number of festival days. The year technically begins with Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas. The calendar includes the 40 days of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Ordinary Time, and a number of special festivals in between. 

Each of these seasons has a designated color that helps capture the tone of these seasons. For example, Christmastide is white and gold to signify celebration and joy, while Lent is purple to signify the season’s solemn nature and penitent mood. Some of these seasons are celebratory and festive. Others are solemn. 

These seasons and days are also connected with specific prayers and scripture readings that keep us connected to the stories of Christ. And so each year, the liturgical calendar helps us celebrate again Christ’s coming into the world during Christmas, His passion and resurrection through Lent and Easter, and other important days in the Church.

So for at least the rest of the academic year, we will be posting along with the liturgical season, starting with Reformation Day on October 31. We will try to explain what the season/day is about and include the designated prayer from our hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

We hope this project can help us stay connected to the Church even when we might not be able to worship together in person. If you have questions on any of the information feel free to comment on any post and start a discussion!

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

Advent is a season of preparation and hope before celebrating the Nativity at Christmas and for Christ’s Second Coming. On the First Sunday of Advent, we focus and look forward to Christ’s Second Coming. Prayer of the DayStir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By...

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Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Sunday

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year before Advent. We take this Sunday to reflect on Christ’s kingship over our lives and the entire universe. Its place at the end of the liturgical year also reminds us of His Second Coming at the end times. Prayer of the...

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All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day

On November 1, we remember and honor all the saints, known and unknown, who have gone before us and are in heaven with God. We recognize our shared unity with them, the Church Triumphant. Prayer of the DayAlmighty God, you have knit your people together in one...

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Reformation Day

Reformation Day

On October 31, we commemorate the start of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. On this day we recognize God’s work of reform in the Christian Church, and we pray for unity among our brothers and sisters in Christ....

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Staying Connected to the Church

Staying Connected to the Church

Here at Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison, we recognize that many of us may feel separated from the normal routine of church during the pandemic.  A significant part of our experiences in worship are determined by the liturgical calendar. Every year, we...

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