The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church of Minneapolis, better known as Mindekirken, is the only American church using Norwegian as a primary liturgical language. Apart from Christian services, Mindekirken serves as a cultural home, adjacent to Norway House. Norwegian language and culture classes for the Twin Cities are held through Mindekirken’s Norwegian Language & Culture Program, and Tuesday Open House luncheon lectures are held weekly.
The congregation of Mindekirken was formed in 1922 by the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America in response to the rapid abandonment of Norwegian in favor of English among Norwegian Lutheran churches at that time. The church has been visited by members of the Norwegian Royal Family on several occasions, including King Olav V of Norway's visit on November 4, 1975. King Olav’s son, King Harald is a Royal Patron of the church.