As a follow-up to our post on the seasons, feasts, and festivals in the Church Year, we’ve compiled a list of Church Year commemorations to help deepen your understanding. Read below for more information on the Church Year. Then follow the links to learn about each commemoration.
What Is a commemoration in the Church Year?
In the book Ordering Our Days in His Peace: An Introduction to the Christian Church Year, Rev. Heath Curtis reminds us why we set aside certain days as commemorations during the Church Year:
Commemorations provide us an opportunity to thank God for the saints’ examples of how we should cling to Christ for salvation.
How Do We Celebrate Commemorations in the Church Year?
Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Services provides even more insights into how Christians can observe these important days of commemoration:
In contrast to the feasts and festivals of Christ and His New Testament saints, commemorations of His saints from the Old Testament and from throughout the history of His Church on earth are normally not celebrated with a full Divine Service but in daily prayer, whether within the family, in the Christian Day School, in the chapels of our church colleges and seminaries, or in parishes where the congregation may be gathered for Matins or Vespers during the week. The different character of these days is indicated in LSB by setting apart the commemorations in their own calendar (LSB xii–xiii), following the Sundays and seasons and
feasts and festivals. To that end, readings and other propers are not assigned to the commemorations as they are for the feasts and festivals.
Church Year Commemorations by Month and Day
The following is a complete list of commemorations taken from Lutheran Service Book, pages xii–xiii. Scroll through the list to see important dates. Then follow the links to see a brief reading for each day.
Quotation from Ordering Our Days in His Peace: An Introduction to the Christian Church Year, p. 21, is copyright © 2009 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Quotation from Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Services, p. 263, is copyright © 2022 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Church Year commemorations are from Lutheran Service Book, pp. xii–xiii, copyright © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Learn more about Church Year commemorations in Celebrating the Saints.
Looking to learn even more about the saints we commemorate throughout the year? Rev. Will Weedon’s book, Celebrating the Saints, provides insights into the lives and work of those who have gone before us in the faith.