25 June 2010

Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

From the Treasury and our Synod's Website:

The Augsburg Confession, the principal doctrinal statement of the theology of Martin Luther and the Lutheran reformers, was written largely by Phillip Melanchthon. At its heart it confesses the justification of sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, for the sake of Christ alone. Signed by leaders of many German cities and regions, the confession was formally presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Augsburg, Germany, on June 25, 1530. A few weeks later Roman Catholic authorities rejected the Confession, which Melanchthon defended in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531). In 1580 the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was included in the Book of Concord.

"I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings, O Lord, and shall not be put to shame."  - Psalm 119:46

"Our Churches do not dissent from any article held by the Church catholic.  They only omit some newer abuses."

Prayer:  Lord God, heavenly Father, You preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church through the confession of the true faith at Augsburg.  Continue to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

2 comments:

Paul McCain said...

And...the publication of the Book of Concord, in Dresden, June 25, 1580, fifty years to the day after the presentation of the Augustana.

Rev. David M. Juhl said...

A request:

Would you mind posting the 18 things Lutherans don't know they believed? That would be a good way to celebrate the Presentation of the A.C.