Monday, October 31, 2005

The Festival of the Reformation

Reformation Day is a red-letter day in remembrance of the Protestant Reformation. It takes place on October 31 and is an official holiday in many countries. It coincides with Halloween.

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Within the Lutheran church, Reformation Day is considered a major church holiday, and is officially referred to as The Festival of the Reformation. The Sunday before Oct. 31 (or the day itself, if it falls on a Sunday) is known as Reformation Sunday, and is celebrated with a special service. One tradition that practically all Lutheran churches carry forward to this day is holding a special performance of A Mighty Fortress is our God during this service.



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