German Reformation Day

German Reformation Day Quick Facts

AKA Name:Reformationstag
Hashtags:#ReformationOfGermany
2019 Date:31 October 2019
2020 Date:31 October 2020
German Reformation Day

German Reformation Day History

German Reformation Day commemorates the reformation and Luther's posting of the 95 these at a church door in 1517. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door denouncing the olden ways of the church. This move led to church reformation in Europe and Protestant reformation.

German Reformation Day is celebrated annually on 31 October in memory of Europe's religious reformation. The holiday has been celebrated since the last 16th century however it wasn't until 1717 that the official date of 31 October was chosen.

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German Reformation Day Facts & Quotes

  • The Reformation era began in 1517 and ended around 1648. In 1545, the Church opened the Council of Trent to address many of the issues raised by Luther.
  • Following Martin Luther's discourse, the pope banished him and he headed to a castle to translate the Bible, hymns and other texts into German.
  • Luther believed that God's Word was the supreme authority in the Christian faith; this opposed the idea that the supreme authority was tradition or papal decrees.
  • In those times, corruption of the Church was well known, and previous attempts had been made to reform the Church. Notable reformers include, John Wyclif and Jan Hus.
  • I cannot choose but adhere to the Word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen. - Martin Luther

German Reformation Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Generate awareness for the day on social media by using social media hashtags such as #ReformDay, #MartinLuther and #ChurchReformation.
  • Read an informative book about the Protestant Reformation and the work of Martin Luther. Some of our suggestions include: Martin Luther, The Reformation, The Impact of Reformation and Here I Stand.
  • Dress up as characters from the Reformation. Since it is also Halloween, find costumes that commemorate the Reform while celebrating Halloween.
  • Practice your translation skills. Translation can be a link to new people and cultures. Martin Luther used it to gather support from the masses by touching them on a personal level.
  • Support religious and civil freedom in your country. Donate to organisations and charities that support these freedoms worldwide.

German Reformation Day References and Related Sites

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