Happy Reformation Day

Eh? Reformation Day? Is that some holiday that the non-Halloween crowd invented to have something different to celebrate on October 31?

Actually, no. Though I had thought so myself until just recently. And it is nice to have something to talk about besides Halloween.

October 31 is the traditional date for Martin Luther’s posting of the Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, commonly known as the95 Thesis on the door of All Saints Church at Wittenburg in 1517, an event that is often credited with sparking the Reformation. There is record of church celebration of Reformation Day as early as the 1560s, so the observance is nothing new.

We have participated in extensive Reformation Day celebrations in the past (fun memories!), but this year we will simply be talking some about the Reformation, singing A Mighty Fortress is Our God… and starting to put up apples (which is totally unrelated).

For a surprisingly well documented (for wiki) collection of Reformation Day information, see this article. I found this quote particularly interesting:
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.

Have a blessed day!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mama
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:42:56

    I remember the first Reformation Day I ever observed/celebrated. I went with the existing Smith family to the home of their acquaintance. Of course, I knew about Martin Luther and his 95 Theses but it had never occurred to me to observe it. It was an educational, fun day with you and family

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  2. Angela Mackey
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 11:07:24

    Thanks for sharing this L. I never realized that October 31 was the most likely day for Luther nailing his thesis to the door. God works in amazing ways. I will certainly be talking to my little ones about this.. 😉

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