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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 the Lutheran Church. 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 parenthesis 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.

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



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Martin Luther's face and hands cast at his death.


Simon ushakov last supper 1685

Simon Ushakov, The Last Supper


Mikael Agricola bust

Bust of Mikael Agricola from the Cathedral of Turku, Finland

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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Sts. Constantine and Helen


  • 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
  • 10 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


Fra Angelico 031

Benedict of Nursia



Carlo Crivelli 019

Carlo Crivelli, St. Francis of Assisi


Ecstasy St Theresa SM della Vittoria

Gianlorenzo Bernini The Ecstasy of St. Teresa



Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg


Saint Lucy by Domenico di Pace Beccafumi

Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Saint Lucy


  • 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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This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Calendar of Saints (Lutheran). The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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