Luther and the Reformation in Weimar
Martin Luther is more closely connected to Weimar than is commonly thought. Luther visited the city frequently between 1518 and 1540. Among other places, the Franciscan Monastery “am Palais” offered him lodging, as a plaque on the building reminds us today. During his visits, Luther preached several times at the City Church of St. Peter and Paul. The altar triptych there, painted by Lucas Cranach, is one of the most significant portrayals of Luther’s teachings and remains a reminder of the Reformation.
The approaching 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, as symbolised by Martin Luther posting his theses in 1517, will be celebrated in the year 2017 and is the focus of long-term joint preparations by the City of Weimar and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Weimar. In order to draw attention to the continuing reformation effect in Weimar from the 16th until the 21st century, there will be events taking place around the 25th of October every year leading up to the anniversary in 2017. This date refers directly to the four sermons that Luther delivered between October 24th and 26th 1522 at the Weimar Palace and the City Church of St. Peter and Paul. They were the source of the article “On Secular Authority” that has largely shaped the Protestant understanding of the relationship between politics and religion, known as the “Doctrine of the two Kingdoms” up to the present day.
Weimar has a multitude of high-quality evidence of the Reformation movement. The Thuringian Central State Archive (Thüringisches Hauptstaatsarchiv) holds important correspondence by Luther and his colleagues, while the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek and the Art Collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar keep thousands of graphics and prints from the 16th century in their respective stocks.
Kirchentag auf dem Weg
Thursday 25 - Sunday, 28 May 2017
http://www.weimar.de//en/tourismus/culture-leisure/theme-years/500-years-reformation-in-2017/27. March 2017