The Lutheran Missal

Advent I: An Example of the Editing Process

Last October the editors of The Lutheran Missal began work on the lections for the Temporal Calendar. With the data from nearly seventy sources—ancient, late-medieval, and Lutheran—at our fingertips, we were finally ready to make informed choices about our own missal. For those who are interested in our editing process, the first week of AdventContinue reading “Advent I: An Example of the Editing Process”

Dominica Palmarum

As the perennials emerge from the ground around this time each year, so too questions concerning the reading of the St. Matthew Passion on Palm Sunday. Should the entire Passion be read or only Matthew’s account of the Triumphal Entry? Does the lengthy Passion reading infringe on the theme of Palm Sunday? Was the PassionContinue reading “Dominica Palmarum”

Why German Sources?

In the early days of The Lutheran Missal project, when we first began to catalogue the contents of the late-medieval missals, we choose to limit our scope to the German dioceses. These sources, show in blue below, roughly correspond with the territory of present-day Germany (outlined in green). Several months ago, as we began editingContinue reading “Why German Sources?”

Additional Assisting Editors

Today we officially welcome two assisting editors to The Lutheran Missal, both of whom have substantially contributed to the project over the past two or three years. The Reverend Andrew Harris has served as pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clinton, WI, since graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2018. Prior toContinue reading “Additional Assisting Editors”

The Gospel for Advent I

If you follow the traditional Lutheran lectionary in any of its various recent iterations, whether in Lutheran Service Book, The Lutheran Hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, or others, you know that the appointed Gospel for the quickly approaching First Sunday in Advent is that of the triumphal entry from Matthew 21, usually also read at someContinue reading “The Gospel for Advent I”

“Historic” Lectionary?

Recently we added three ancient lectionaries: Würzburg c. 700, Murbach c. 800, and Alcuin c. 800. A day may come when these important sources are properly introduced with a dedicated blog post, but it is not this day. Instead, this post will attempt to put forever to rest the notion that there is no suchContinue reading ““Historic” Lectionary?”

Corpus Orationum

Here’s an inside look at how we are sorting through the prayers: Want to volunteer? Reach out on Facebook or send an email to escamman ät gmail döt com.


For several months we have been hard at work assigning scripture references to every lection in our sources—32,780 (lections) at present count. Some readings include the whole Latin or German text, while others give only a few words. In many cases extra detective work is required to determine which reading is intended by a givenContinue reading “Lections”

Eastertide Lections

As we find ourselves within the Octave of Easter, it seems only appropriate to provide a preview of the weekday lections as they appear in our sources from Easter until the Ascension of Our Lord. It should be noted that each day within the Octave of Easter has its own full mass (some with theirContinue reading “Eastertide Lections”

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