|The famous door at the Schlosskirche where Luther, according to many experts,|
posted his 95 theses against the sale of indulgences in 1517. The text in Latin
is now cast in solid bronze.
|We were passing Lucas Cranach's pharmacy. This guy was an entrepreneur |
not only successfully running his painter's shop but printing books
and operating a flourishing pharmacy on Wittenberg's market place too.
|Luther's statue in front of the town hall|
We arrived early at Marienkirche and had to wait for the visit for a camera crew was interviewing a lady in the chancel.
It was a surprise to meet former bishop Margot Käßmann, now ambassador of next year's 500th anniversary of Luther posting his theses, who generously allowed me to take her photo. I told her that when watching her from the distance talking to the television people my impression had been that of a young lady. She - mother of four daughters - said with a smile that she was already a grandmother. I only stammered: I am a grandfather too. She answered with another smile. What a charming ambassador!
|The altarpiece showing the program of the Lutheran Church. |
There are only two sacraments: Infant baptism and the Eucharist under both kinds.
Note Luther sitting as Junker Jörg at the table receiving the cup.
|The master greeting the visitor|
|Melanchthon through the centuries|
|The Augsburg Confession dedicated to Emperor Charles V at Augsburg|
in 1530 as the confession of faith of many princes and cities.
Philip Melanchthon - Luther still being banned -presented the document
at the Imperial Diet.
|Original pages of the Augsburg Confession of Faith|
Back at the Lutherhaus I had just time to walk around catching some photos.
|Same setup as at the Melanchthonhaus: Luther through the centuries|
|Luther's educational mission in 1524: |
To the councilors of all cities in German lands:
that they erect (build) and hold (support) Christian schools.
Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them (Matthew 19:14)
|400th anniversary of the Reformation in hard times. |
The memorial sheet shows Luther's usual attributes:
The Wittenbergian Nightingale,
Luther's Rose, and A Mighty Fortress is Our God
|Following Marx, Goethe, and Wagner |
who did it again? Ottmar Hörl.