Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. The selections are edited from the Meissner schedule for the one-year lectionary. Simply download and print the inserts.

Links to the collection of inserts are listed below in this post, but first here is an explanation of the selections.

Rev. Craig A. Meissner, Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, Illinois, created “Large Catechism Readings for the One-Year Lectionary (LSB),” 2013. The selections are good.

The size of the portions selected for a given day in Pastor Meissner’s schedule varies. Often the selections fill a whole bulletin, not just an insert. In some settings, that is more than parishioners would read. Many people would pass over something entirely that, at a glance, strikes them as too much.

Where that is not a problem, I recommend bulletins Rev. Erich R. Fickel, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chesterton, Indiana, prepared following Rev. Meissner’s schedule. Those bulletins use Rev. Meissner’s complete selections for a given day. They are distributed on the website of Emmanuel Press.

The ones provided by LutheranCatechism.com offer an option for settings in which content needs to be limited to an insert, thinking it is better that people read part of Meissner’s selection rather than none of it.

LutheranCatechism.com began with Rev. Meissner’s schedule and looked for ways to reduce the size, such as by removing paragraphs that reiterated in different language points made elsewhere in the selections for the day. In a distressing number of cases, the editor had to simply choose between paragraphs solely for the sake of controlling size, according to what he thought would bear the most significance to readers.

LutheranCatechism.com welcomes feedback about how to improve the selections, formatting, and presentation of the material. [ Contact by Email ] Meissner’s schedule fulfills the whole year, and if the ones already completed prove to have value, the editor will work to gradually prepare the ones for the rest of the year. The listing will be maintained at the Bulletins & Inserts page of this site.

The text is from Triglot Concordia at BookOfConcord.org, except that the editor updated the language of the Commandments following the The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition of Luther’s Small Catechism.

Here is the collection for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter:

Ash Wednesday
Lent 1 – Invocabit
Lent 2 – Reminiscere
Lent 3 – Oculi
Lent 4 – Laetare
Lent 5 – Judica
Palm Sunday – Palmarum
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)
Easter – The Resurrection of Our Lord

About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com.

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