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2010-11 Wittenberg Series Continues With Festival Choral Eucharist For Reformation

October 27, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio — The 2010-11 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in historic Weaver Chapel as Wittenberg University welcomes Marcus Lohrmann, bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for the annual Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation Service.

The Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation uses a model of the German mass that was adapted by Martin Luther in 1526. Instead of simply having a choral structure, the service involves both choral and preaching components. Luther’s goal was to highlight preaching, as well as the sacrament. The service uses various hymns, some of which were written by Luther.

Pre-service music by the Wittenberg Choir and the Wittenberg Singers, both directed by Adam Con, and the Wittenberg Handbell Choir, director by Professor Emeritus of Music Trudy Faber, begins at 7 p.m. The ensemble groups will be accompanied by University Organist and Professor Emeritus of Music Donald Busarow. The service begins at 7:30 p.m.

A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Lohrmann earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a master’s degree and doctorate from Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis. He has served as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in St. Louis, St. John Lutheran Church in Hicksville, Ohio, and Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, Ohio.

Lohrmann was re-elected to a third term on the first ballot at the synod assembly on May 14 in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was first elected bishop in 1998.

The Wittenberg Series is a selection of cultural activities annually presented by Wittenberg University. All Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeannine Fox, Series coordinator, at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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