May 31, 1519 (Part 2)

Pastor Martin Luther preaches A Sermon on Prayer and Procession During Rogation Days. This sermon was first printed by Johann Grünenberg in Wittenberg. Seven additional editions followed in 1519 and six more by 1525, with printings also in Augsburg, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Strassburg, and Zurich. Quotation: [continued from yesterday] Some people say, “I would certainly be…

May 31, 1519 (Part 1)

Pastor Martin Luther preaches A Sermon on Prayer and Procession During Rogation Days. Rogation days were the three days before Ascension Day.[1] Traditional observance of these days included fasting, prayers (particularly for crops and a good harvest), and processions through the countryside. By Luther's day, "unfortunately, the processions have become scandalously misused. People want only…

May 30, 1519

Luther writes to his friend Martin Glaser,[1] the Prior of the Augustinian Monastery in Ramsau, Upper Bavaria. He briefly describes his recent activities and apologizes for (apparently) taking Glaser's horse from Augsburg without his knowledge in October, 1518. Quotation: To the Reverend Father Martin Glaser, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, prior of the Eremites [2] in…

May, 1519 (Part 4)

Johan Rhau-Grunenberg publishes A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage Revised and Corrected by Dr. Martin Luther, Augustinian of Wittenberg. The published essay is based on a sermon preached on Jan 16, 1519. Today's quotation is the conclusion of the sermon. Quotation: [continued from yesterday] This third element [that marriage produces children] is, to me,…

May, 1519 (Part 3)

Johan Rhau-Grunenberg publishes A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage Revised and Corrected by Dr. Martin Luther, Augustinian of Wittenberg. This sermon was preached on Jan 16, 1519, the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel for that day was John 2:1-11, the wedding at Cana. Shortly thereafter, an unauthorized transcript of the sermon was published…

Mid-May, 1519 (Part 3)

Luther publishes the Disputation and Defense of Brother Martin Luther against the Accusations of Dr. Johann Eck. Quotation:   [continued from yesterday] ... But Eck, who has long been incensed at me with the most malicious spite, and who knows that such theses are offensive, hoped to arouse indignation against me at least by this…

Mid-May, 1519 (Part 2)

Luther publishes the Disputation and Defense of Brother Martin Luther against the Accusations of Dr. Johann Eck. In the section quoted today, Luther rejects Eck's accusation that he is a follower of the heretic Jan Hus, who claimed that papal primacy was derived from the Roman emperor (not God). Luther then turns the argument against Eck…

Mid-May, 1519 (Part 1)

Luther publishes the Disputation and Defense of Brother Martin Luther against the Accusations of Dr. Johann Eck. Luther had received Eck’s expanded set of theses (published Mar 14) on Apr 13 and Karlstadt had published his counter-theses at the end of April. Against Eck's new seventh thesis on free will,[1] Luther added a counter-thesis on the…

May 17, 1519

Luther writes to Karl von Miltitz in response to Miltitz’s summons to come Koblenz. After meeting with Luther in Altenburg (Jan 5-6), the papal chamberlain and special nucio Miltitz had remained in Germany and eventually joined Cardinal Cajetan in Koblenz. On May 3, Miltitz wrote to Luther (with similar letters to Elector Frederick and his…

May 16, 1519

Being still in suspense whether he would be allow to participate in the planned Leipzig Disputation, Luther addresses a third letter to Duke George of Saxony. Immediately after finishing this letter, Luther will write to George Spalatin: Duke George has answered me twice without giving me permission to hold my debate, though I had informed…