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!

Good Friday

Good Friday

Good Friday marks the day of Christ’s crucifixion and death. While it is a somber day of remembering Christ’s death, we know that our salvation was bought with Christ’s suffering and death. Prayer of the DayAlmighty God, look with loving mercy on your family, for whom...

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday marks the night of Jesus’ last supper where He instituted the Lord’s Supper and when He was betrayed. The word “Maundy” comes from the latin mandamus which means “commandment'' because on this night Christ instituted the final commandment to love one...

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, marking Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, where He was greeted by palm branches. This was the Sunday before His passion and marks the beginning of Holy Week. Prayer of the DayEverlasting God, in your endless love for the human...

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Feast of the Annunciation

Feast of the Annunciation

Today we celebrate the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she would bear Jesus. This day also marks the conception of Jesus, nine months before Christmas. Prayer of the DayPour your grace into our hearts, O God, that we who have known the...

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Feast of St. Joseph

Feast of St. Joseph

Today we celebrate St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and the guardian of Jesus. May his life of fatherly love, faith, and obedience be an example for us. Prayer of the DayO God, from the family of your servant David you raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your...

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today is the beginning of Lent, a period of 40 days of penance and fasting before Easter. We receive ashes on our forehead today as a symbol of our repentance, and we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Prayer of the DayAlmighty...

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