October 30, 2010

Happy Reformation Day

Reformation Day, anniversary of the day Martin Luther is said to have posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Ger. (Oct. 31, 1517), later identified by Protestants as the beginning of the Reformation. (See Researcher’s Note.) The European Lutheran territorial churches at first commemorated the Reformation on various days, among them the anniversary of Luther’s birth (November 10), his death (February 18), and presentation of the Augsburg Confession (June 25). The centennial celebrations of 1617 focussed attention on October 31; in the sesquicentennial year (1667) Elector John George II decreed this date as annual Reformation Day in Saxony. German Lutheran and Union territorial churches have come gradually to follow this example and specify October 31 or the Sunday following (or preceding).

9 comments:

  1. I went to a Lutheran high school and completely forgot that it was the date of the reformation! This post brought me back to theology class!!

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  2. Ummmm 1 correction from the history person: 99 theses. =)

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  3. No, I'm pretty sure it was 95. :)

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  4. Happy Reformation Day =) Bring on NOVEMBER!!

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  5. I didn't know this was the anniversary!! Martin Luther nailing his theses to the church door was always one of my favorite stories to learn about in school, thanks for reminding me :)

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  6. Happy Reformation Day to you...couple days late

    So thankful for heroes of the faith like Martin Luther who nailed the 95 theses.

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  7. I was born in the area where Martin Luther translated the bible into German. :)

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