Calendar of Saints (Lutheran)

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The Lutheran Calendar of Saints is a listing which details the primary annual festivals and events that are celebrated liturgically by some Lutheran Churches in the United States. The calendars of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) are from the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship and the 1982 Lutheran Worship. Elements unique to the ELCA have been updated from the Lutheran Book of Worship to reflect changes resulting from the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship in 2006. The elements of the calendar unique to the LCMS have also been updated from Lutheran Worship and the Lutheran Book of Worship to reflect the 2006 publication of the Lutheran Service Book.

The event commemorated is listed with the type of event afterwards in parentheses as well as the country where it is observed (if not commonly observed on that date in North America). For individuals, the date given is the date of their death or "heavenly birthday." The single letter listed after each event is the designated color for vestments and paraments: White (W), Red (R) or Purple (P). Commemorations are noted as being specific to the ELCA or LCMS following the particular entry. Commemorations and Festivals that are held in common are not annotated[citation needed].

For further information on the development of the calendar, see Liturgical calendar (Lutheran).

January[edit]

[Gregory of Nazianzus]

February[edit]

Martin Luther's face and hands cast at his death.
  • 14 Cyril, monk, 869; Methodius, bishop, 885; missionaries to the Slavs (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Valentine, martyr, 270 (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 15 Philemon and Onesimus (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 16 Philipp Melanchthon, confessor, 1560 (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 17
  • 18 Martin Luther, doctor and confessor, renewer of the church, 1546 (Commemoration) W
  • 19
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  • 23 Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, martyr 156 (Commemoration) R
  • 24 Saint Matthias, Apostle (Lesser Festival) R – LCMS
  • 25 Elizabeth Fedde, deaconess, 1921 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 26
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March[edit]

Simon Ushakov, The Last Supper
  • 16
  • 17 Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland, 461 (Commemoration) W
  • 18
  • 19 Joseph, guardian of our Lord (Lesser Festival) W
  • 20
  • 21 Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyr, 1556 (Commemoration) R – ELCA
  • 22 Jonathan Edwards, teacher, missionary to American Indians, 1758 (Commemoration) W - ELCA
  • 23
  • 24 Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, martyr, 1980 (Commemoration) R – ELCA
  • 25 Annunciation of Our Lord (Festival) W
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29 Hans Nielsen Hauge, renewer of the church, 1824 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 30
  • 31 John Donne, priest, poet, 1631 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Joseph, patriarch (Commemoration) W – LCMS

April[edit]

  • 22 Día de la Creación (Lesser Festival) W – ELCA
  • 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, 1960 (Commemoration) W - ELCA
  • 24 Johann Walter, musician, 1570 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 25 Saint Mark, Evangelist (Lesser Festival) R
  • 26
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  • 29 Catherine of Siena, theologian, 1380 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 30

May[edit]

Sts. Constantine and Helen
  • 10
  • 11 Cyrill, 869 and Methodius, 885, missionaries to the Slavs (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 12
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  • 14 Saint Matthias, apostle (Lesser Festival) R – ELCA
  • 15
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  • 18 Erik, King of Sweden, martyr, 1160 (Commemoration) R – ELCA
  • 19
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  • 21 Helena, mother of Constantine, c. 330 (Commemoration) W
  • 22
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  • 24 Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543; Leonhard Euler, 1783; scientists (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Esther, matriarch, (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 25 Bede, theologian, 735 (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 26
  • 27 John Calvin, renewer of the church, 1564 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 28
  • 29 Juraj Tranovský, hymnwriter, 1637 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 30
  • 31 The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Lesser Festival) W

June[edit]

  • 1 Justin, martyr at Rome, c. 165 (Commemoration) R
  • 2
  • 3 John XXIII, Bishop of Rome, 1963 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 4
  • 5 Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, missionary to Germany, martyr, 754 (Commemoration) R
  • 6
  • 7 Seattle, chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, 1866 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 8
  • 9 Columba, 597; Aidan, 651; Bede, 735; teachers, renewers of the church (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 10
  • 11 Saint Barnabas, Apostle (Lesser Festival) R
  • 12 First Ecumenical Council, 325 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 13
  • 14 Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, c. 389; Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 385 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Macrina, theologian, c. 379 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Elisha, prophet (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 15
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Philipp Melanchthon

July[edit]

Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Johann Sebastian Bach

August[edit]

Mary, Mother of Our Lord
  • 16 Isaac, patriarch (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 17 Johann Gerhard, theologian, 1637 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 18
  • 19 Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, hymnwriter, theologian 1153 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 20 Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, hymnwriter, theologian, 1153 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Samuel, prophet (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 21
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  • 24 Saint Bartholomew, Apostle (Lesser Festival) R
  • 25
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  • 27 Monica, mother of Augustine 387 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 28 Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 430 (Commemoration) W
  • 29 The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist (Lesser Festival) R – LCMS
  • 30
  • 31

September[edit]

  • 1 Joshua, prophet (Commemoration) R – LCMS
  • 2 N. F. S. Grundtvig, bishop, renewer of the church, 1872 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
    • Hannah, matriarch (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 3 Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604 (Commemoration) W – LCMS
  • 4 Moses, prophet (Commemoration)) R – LCMS
  • 5 Zechariah, prophet
  • 6
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  • 8
  • 9 Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, 1654 (Commemoration) – ELCA
  • 10
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  • 12
  • 13 John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 14 Feast of the Holy Cross (Lesser Festival) R
  • 15
  • 16 Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, martyr, c. 258 (Commemoration) R
  • 17 Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, 1179 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, renewer of society, 1961 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
Carlo Crivelli, St. Francis of Assisi
  • 19
  • 20 Nelson Wesley Trout, bishop, 1996 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 21 Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Lesser Festival) R
  • 22 Jonah, prophet (Commemoration) R – LCMS
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  • 29 Saint Michael and All Angels (Lesser Festival) W
  • 30 Jerome, translator, teacher, 420 (Commemoration) W

October[edit]

Gianlorenzo Bernini The Ecstasy of St. Teresa

November[edit]

December[edit]

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  • 3 Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, 1552 (Commemoration) W – ELCA
  • 4 John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, c. 749 (Commemoration) W
  • 5
  • 6 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342 (Commemoration) W
  • 7 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397 (Commemoration) W
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Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Saint Lucy

References[edit]

  • Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship. Lutheran Book of Worship. Augsburg Fortress Press, 1978.
  • Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship. Lutheran Book of Worship: Minister's Desk Edition. Minneapolis; Augsburg Fortress Press, 1978.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Evangelical Lutheran Worship - Final Draft. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2006.
  • Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Lutheran Worship. Concordia Publishing House, 1982.
  • Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Lutheran Service Book. Concordia Publishing House, 2006.
  • Pfatteicher, Philip H. Festivals and Commemorations: Handbook to the Calendar in Lutheran Book of Worship. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1980.

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