Picked this up from Wikipedia........
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. Is also a national holiday in Chile since 2008.
On October 31, 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. Nonetheless, the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices.
Within the Lutheran church, Reformation Day is considered a lesser festival, and is officially referred to as The Festival of the Reformation. Until the 20th Century, most Lutheran churches celebrated Reformation Day on October 31st, regardless of which day of the week it occurred. Today, most Lutheran churches transfer the festival, so that it falls on the Sunday (called Reformation Sunday) on or before October 31st and transfer All Saints' Day to the Sunday on or after November 1st.
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. It is also traditional in some Lutheran schools for schoolchildren to hold Reformation Day plays or pageants that re-enact scenes from the life of Martin Luther. The fact that Reformation Day coincides with Halloween may not be mere coincidence. Halloween, being the Eve of All Saints' Day might have been an entirely appropriate day for Luther to post his 95 Theses against indulgences since the castle church would be open on All Saints' Day specifically for people to view a large collection of relics. The viewing of these relics was said to promise a reduction in time in purgatory similar to that of the purchase of an indulgence. Dr. Luther may have been shrewd in his choice of that day to post his theses.
We're not Lutheran.
We don't celebrate Halloweeny......I like to call it that.
I thought this would be cool, if not anything to give you a bit O history today!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Picked this up from Wikipedia........
Posted by Kristy at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
You know, like you want to throw it across the room, or take your foot to it, working?
Just mess with the battery a bit, and all is well.
I just gave you my lil bit of advice for the week. Hey, you never know........
Man, you guys.
There has been so much going on......I don't even know where to begin?
Sooooooo, I won't.
I'll just show ya some cute pictures that our daughter took......
Get Ellie's face.........what do ya think her thoughts are?
ooOOOOooo, tricky camera poses......
Okay, thats yuk.
Awww, my wittle baby maple.....
Don't mind the mess; but my man re-sided our home.....he did an AMAZING job!!
I'm so excited.
(just look past the extra stuff!)
Oh yes. Cute Chinese little girl with her buddy "ut-med" (Nutmeg)....
Brothers on the Deere......one actually drives this thing all over, can you guess which?
Can I just eat them both up?
Oh how I love my babies, all 4, that God has blessed us with.
I am one thankful mamma.......
Hopefully, I'll be back a tiny bit more now.
Love to you guys ~
Posted by Kristy at 9:59 PM
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
.....know that this kid LOVES to sing.
All we have to say to her is "Ellie, can you worship Jesus?"
And off she goes. It doesn't matter where we are.
Precious baby girl.
(sorry about the quality....oh, and don't mind the hair; a certain
13 year old thinks it to be great fun to see what she can come up with!)
Posted by Kristy at 8:04 AM