Happy Reformation Day!

Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Artist: Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder 
c. 1532
Oil on wood
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Artist: Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder
c. 1532, Oil on wood
MET, New York

On this day, Lutherans celebrate the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation. According to Philip Melanchthon, 31 October 1517 was the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire. This event set in motion a dramatic separation from the Catholic Church, even though Martin Luther did not intend to leave the church.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Psalm 46 (7)
  • Romans 3:19-28
  • John 8:31-36

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen

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