Commemoration of the Augsburg Confession
In March 1521 Luther’s publications were forbidden by the Reichstag in Worms, and Luther himself was excommunicated after his defense in the presence of Emperor Charles V He finished his defense with the words:”Here I stand; I can do nothing else; God help me, Amen.” On his way back from Worms, he was kidnapped by envoys of the elector and brought to the Wartburg castle to avoid his being killed after his excommunication. At the castle he started his attempt to translate the bible into the German language. Luther was a condemned person but the evangelical movement was not to be stopped. A couple of years later on the Reichstag in Augsburg this was demonstrated. On June the 25th 1530 the princes and cities who joined the Lutheran Reformation delivered to the Reichstag and into the hands of Emperor Charles V, a paper in which they confessed their evangelical beliefs and in which they stood for their vision. The paper was named: Augsburg Confession (in Latin: Confessio Augustana). The delivery and dedication of the confession in the presence of the emperor was the birth of the Lutheran church. The Augsburg Confession stands amongst other writings such as the Great and Small Catechisms of Luther himself as a main part of the Lutheran Confession. This confession is for all the Lutheran churches in the World as for the Lutheran World Federation (founded in Lund 1945) the foundation.