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Lutheran Vespers – 50 Years Ago Today

Posted on March 4, 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. LutheranVespers_1961-03-04  

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  1. Jerry Merkouris said,

    on May 5th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Are the other episodes of Lutheran Vespers from 1961 available for download or purchase?

  2. Joel said,

    on May 7th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Yes, episodes from 1961-1964 have been digitized. We haven’t yet worked out a way to deliver that many mp3 files effectively on the web, but a DVD of the files can be ordered at $5 per DVD. Contact us at archives@elca.org to order.

  3. Marie Hitz said,

    on July 27th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Some years ago, you gave away a dark blue book mark with the words “As you go on your way may Christ go with you……..” Are these still available and how may I acquire one?

  4. Joel said,

    on August 15th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    No, I’m afraid we no longer have those available.

  5. Ronald Y. said,

    on July 8th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Do you have copies of Dr. Richard Jensen’s sermon series from the 1980’s available?

  6. Joel said,

    on July 9th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Yes, we should have a complete set of audio tapes and transcripts for Dr. Jensen’s time at Lutheran Vespers. Are you looking for any in particular?

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