Lutheran Vespers – 50 Years Ago Today

Posted on March 3, 2011 by Joel

Attached to this post is a mp3 file for the Lutheran Vespers program that was broadcast 50 years ago today, March 4, 1961. Pastor Harry Gregorson, who originated the program in 1947, presented the Lenten sermon based on Luke 23: 34: “And Jesus said: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’” A bit early in the church year for 2011, March 4 was the Saturday before the third Sunday in Lent for 1961.

Production for Lutheran Vespers remained in Sioux Falls, but was under the auspices of The American Lutheran Church as of January 1, 1961. The reel-to-reel collection of tapes for Lutheran Vespers held by the ELCA Archives begins with the program for January 8, 1961.