November and December, 1519

Melchior Lotter in Leipzig prints three editions of A Sermon on Preparing to Die.[1] Johann Grünenberg printed the first edition in Wittenberg around the end of October. Quotation: Eighteenth, in the hour of death no Christian should doubt that he is not alone in his dying, but he should be sure that, as the sacraments…

December 1519 (Part 3)

Pastor Martin Luther preaches A Sermon on the Ban (excommunication). Quotation:   [continued from yesterday] 13. Though it is true that the ban must be feared, whether it is right or wrong, yet those who impose the ban are always in greater danger than those on whom it is imposed. He who is banned faces…

December 1519 (Part 2)

Pastor Martin Luther preaches A Sermon on the Ban (excommunication). This sermon will be published in 1520. Luther's recently completed treatise The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ, and the Brotherhoods [1] addressed the Christian's taking part (communicare) in the fellowship (or communion) of all saints. In this sermon, he addresses what it…

December 1519 (Part 1)

Pastor Martin Luther preaches A Sermon on the Ban (excommunication).[1] This sermon will be published in 1520 (exact date not known). Pastor Luther had previously preached on excommunication at least twice in Wittenberg, on Mar 17 and May 16, 1518. The latter sermon had been published as the Sermon on the Virtue [or Power] of Excommunication…

December 18, 1519 (Letter 2, Part 4)

Brother Martin Luther writes to Johann Lang,[1] the prior of the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt to report on one of the friars from that monastery who is studying in Wittenberg. He also discusses the publication of his Second Lectures on the Psalms (from which Quotation 2 is taken), mentions his revision of the Sermon on…

December 18, 1519 (Letter 1, Part 2)

Martin Luther writes to George Spalatin, responding to Spalatin's request that he write sermons on the Gospels and Epistles for the Sundays in Lent and on all seven sacraments. In addition, Luther mentions that the Fourteen Consolations "is in the hands of the printer." [Most of this letter was quoted Quotation 1 in yesterday's post.] In…