Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day.....

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.

Lutheran church
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!

Blessings ~


Jenn said...

Thanks for the history lesson. :o)

We don't celebrate Halloweeny either. :o) We try and have a family night and go out to eat or to the movies. It's Friday night in Texas, so you know we'll be at a football game. :o)


Rachelle said...

Oh! I just love all those pictures. Too cute. The JD ones are awesome too! Oh, BTW thanks for the history lesson. You must be a teacher : )

Sherri said...

I AM Lutheran....or I WAS Lutheran growing we go to a Baptist Church.

But I grew up celebrating the Reformation. And I just recently found DVD's of Davey and Goliath (a puppet/claymation old TV show made by the Lutheran church) at the Dollar Store. I was so happy.

I very strongly dislike Halloween. And it seems that more and more each year, people go all out in decorating for it. Yuk.

Happy Reformation to you too!


Amy in Oregon said...

you're so cool :-)
thanks for the great information!!