(25 May 2020)
Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
For the Synod's main COVID-19 page, click here.
Synod-wide worship videos have been uploaded, not to
replace what our pastors and lay leaders are doing in the
field, but to supplement. This project will not be live
stream or simulcast. Instead, we plan to mount on YouTube,
a platform that should be familiar to many. Some other
cites across the nation have found difficulties with live
stream because of a sudden increase of web traffic
overwhelming bandwidth. Given the limited bandwidth in
much of our territory, a pre-recorded worship event that
can be buffered and watched at greater convenience to the
viewer seems appropriate. Our thanks to the singers and
tech folks who make this possible.
Recording begun pre-dawn on Easter morning, editing and
uploading meant publication wasn't until the day had
begun. Sorry, the hope was to have this up before the sun
was. This features the Victimae paschali laudes,
the traditional sequence (a piece of music sung before the
reading of the Gospel) for Easter day. Click here
for the video.
Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Tre ore, a devotional for Good Friday, traditionally running from noon until 3:00 PM, a span of three hours, hence the name, "Tre ore." The service focuses upon The Seven Last Words of Christ, the Words, with the Words being spaced out over the three hour time span. After each Word, a homily on that Word is delivered. It is not uncommon to have a hymn associated to each Word, Jesus in Thy Dying Woes, the hymn used here, being the prime example.
The Tre ore is here presented as a set of seven videos, one for each Word. Each video includes a Scriptural passage associated with the respective Word, a homily by Bp. Riegel, and then the three verses of the hymn, Jesus in Thy Dying Woes, associated with that Word. Since this is a set of videos, that have been arranged in a YouTube playlist (click here). Special thanks to Julia Levelle who played piano and cantored.
TenebraeThe most viewed of all the worship vids was Tenebrae, a Holy Week offering designed for contemplation of the Passion of Christ through psalms, canticles, and readings. Tenebrae has its origins in the monastic prayer services that would take place from the wee hours of the morning until early dawn. Over time, these early morning prayer services migrated in some monastic and cathedral houses to the evening before. As Protestants sough to enrich their Holy Week observances, they borrowed the peculiar Tenebrae practice of extinguishing the candles as the service progressed but jettisoned the recitation of the numerous appointed psalms, canticles, and readings, favoring the use of the Seven Last Words coupled with hymnody. The Tenebrae posted was based upon the much older form. The Tenebrae vid has been removed in fulfillment of the copyright permission granted by the publishing house. If your congregation, cluster, or conference would like to hold a Tenebrae in 2021, let the Bishop know.
download the liturgy here. If you fold it in half, it will tuck nicely inside an LBW or ELW. The music and text (except for Psalm) are in public domain. The psalm text is used by permission of Augsburg-Fortress. The office hymn is John Mason Neale's translation of the Ambrosian hymn employed for terce. To enjoy terce for a Sunday in Lent, click here.
To accompany Terce
Bishop Riegel wrote a reflection inspired by praying
terce while attending the LWF Wittenberg Seminar in March
2015. This was originally published as a facebook note,
but it is now available on the Synod's website for open
here for a reflection on the place of silence,
psalms, and familiar liturgy in our lives.
This liturgy was initially used as an on-campus memorial service for a student whose funeral was at great distance from WVU. It was later retooled for one of the anniversaries of 9/11, a memorial for Hurricane Katrina victims, and, again, for reclamation of the remains of a homeless fellow dear to the campus ministry. You will find it an attempt to work with the resources found in the LBW, but it can be adapted for ELW or any other resource. As it is keyed to a worship book, there is no need to print an entire service in a pew edition "worship booklet." At the same time, you will find an attempt to balance some Tridentine and Novus ordo elements with the LBW.
As mentioned, this is a template. Someone could use it as is, but local adaptation is expected. Download here.
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theft under the Seventh Commandment, and, even if it
weren't, it would still be covered under the Fourth
Commandment. During this time of sending worship and
devotional resources by mail/email and recording and/or
streaming worship, congregational leadership should remain
scrupulous in observing copyright law. Be sure to secure the
necessary permissions or licenses for the intended use of
copyrighted material and follow the terms of the
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