The Reformation

Luther Catechism

Today is Reformation Sunday, and this year Lutherans are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!
Reformation Sunday remembers when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517, which led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for 500 years. 

Luther’s Preface in the catechism was written in A.D. 1529. It begins…..

The deplorable conditions in which I found religious affairs during a recent visitation of the congregations, has impelled me to publish this Catechism, or statement of the Christian doctrine, after having prepared it in very brief and simple terms. Alas! what misery I beheld! The people, especially those who live in the villages, seem to have no knowledge whatever of Christian doctrine, and many of the pastors are ignorant and incompetent teachers. And, nevertheless, they all maintain that they have received the Lord’s Supper. Yet they cannot recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, or the Ten Commandments; they live as if they were irrational creatures, and now that the Gospel has come to them, they grossly abuse their Christian liberty.

We pray for the church.

Fill it with all truth and peace.
Where it is corrupt, purify it;
where it is in error, direct it;
where in anything it is amiss,
       REFORM IT;
where it is right, strengthen it;
where it is in need, provide for it;
where it is divided, reunite it.
                                                                                                      ELW, p.73



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