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Advent Vespers

2019 Advent Vespers Services

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. – The 5 p.m. service is currently FULL!
 (There is still room available at the 8 p.m. service!)
 (Don’t miss the Live Stream for the 8 p.m. service!)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – Both services are currently FULL!

Vespers Reservations


Reservations received after 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27

You will be notified via email when your Vespers Reservation has been filled. Seating Envelopes will no longer be mailed for orders received after this date. You may choose to:

  • Pick them up in the Augsburg Music Office (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 12/2-12/5)
  • Pick them up at WILL CALL, 1-hour prior to each service, located at the Central Lutheran Church Welcome Desk.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 6

Advance reservations for Advent Vespers are no longer available.  All ticketing will be transferred to Central Lutheran Church and be available beginning at 3:30 p.m.

  • Seating IS AVAILABLE for the 8 p.m. service on Friday
  • All other services are pending availability of returns, etc.
  • Stop by the Will Call Desk at Central Lutheran Church to investigate!

Celebrating a Season of Hope

For four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and culminating in the joyful celebration of the Incarnation. Advent Vespers is set in downtown Minneapolis in the majestic sanctuary of Central Lutheran Church, soaring 65 feet high with large stained-glass windows.

Suggested Donations

Suggested donations, received at the door, are $30 per person. Generous contributions are greatly needed to make these services possible.

Additional Opportunity – Donate medical supplies to the Augsburg Central Health Commons. For more than 27 years, Augsburg’s Department of Nursing has operated a free health-focused drop-in center at Central Lutheran Church for people experiencing homelessness or who are marginally housed. Basic supplies are needed to continue to serve more than 6,700 people each year. Consider bringing new adult socks and underwear, soap, toothpaste, diapers (size 5 or 6), Band-Aids or other simple items to promote health.

Celebrating a Legacy

Join Augsburg University Campus Ministry and the Department of Music for one of these special opportunities honoring the university’s 150th year and the 40th anniversary of Advent Vespers.

Join the Liturgical Party

Participate in one or more services as a member of the liturgical team.

> Open to alumni, friends, and family

> Contact Janice Dames, dames@augsburg.edu


Live Stream

Can’t make it to Advent Vespers this year? Need to see it again?

A live stream will be available for the 8 p.m. service on Friday, December 6 this year – Mark your calendars now & spread the word!

A link for the live stream will be added here on December 6.


Augsburg University invites you to download the Augsburg 2019 Advent Vespers Devotional. This year in celebration of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial and the 40th anniversary of Advent Vespers, Augsburg alumni shared their reflections on series of scriptures. We hope that this devotional will enrich your Advent experience. This year’s theme is Light for the World to See. If you are interested in attending the service or being a part of of the liturgical party, please use the links below.


Additional Questions About Advent Vespers

Feel free to contact the Music Office directly at vespers@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1265