Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reformation Day

Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated on October 31 in remembrance of the Reformation, particularly by Lutheran and some Reformed church communities. It is a civic holiday in Slovenia (since the Reformation contributed to its cultural development profoundly, although Slovenians are mainly Roman Catholics) and in the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia.

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. This was not an act of defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle Church faced Wittenberg's main thoroughfare, the church door functioned as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for posting important notices. Also, the theses were written in Latin, the language of the church, and not in the vernacular. Nonetheless, the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices. When Luther and his supporters were excommunicated in 1520, the Lutheran tradition was born.

The liturgical color of the day is red, which represents the Holy Spirit and the Martyrs of the Christian Church. Luther's hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God is traditionally sung on this day. Lutherans customarily stand during the hymn, in memory of its use in the religious wars of the Sixteenth Century.

Read more about Martin Luther and the Reformation here.

Source: Wikipedia

Print and color a picture of Martin Luther

Reformation Day Word Search

View a copy of the 95 Theses


Anonymous said...

Brings back memories of my childhood and how we learned about this each year in school.

Love your new look!

Daughter of the King said...

Thanks for this information...some I knew..but did not remember...
Love reading homeschoolers blogs because they teach me and refresh my memory...which is a good thing...

Christy said...

Thank you for the information, I didn't know a lot of it I am ashamed to say!

Jessica Chapman said...

This is pretty cool stuff. My students were learning about this this week too :)))))