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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.

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February 11, 2013 |

1. 1617, The centennial of the Reformation

1617, The centennial of the Reformation, Johann Georg I(1611-1656), elector of Saxony: Verbum Domini manet in Aeternum 1617/ The word of God remains in all eternity (1 Peter 1:25), reverse: Frederic III (1486-1525), patron of Luther: Seculum Lutheranum/the Lutheran centennial 1517, silver medal. Lees...

February 11, 2013 |

2. 1717, Commemorating the bicentennial

1717, Commemorating the bicentennial of the Reformation: Martin Luther with swan, candle and bible, under his feet the papal symbols: Het tweede jubelfeest ter gedachteniss van de reformatie door D.M.Lutherus, begonnen Anno 1517 (The second jubilee commemorating the Reformation by Doctor Martin Luther, Anno 1517). On the bible: Bib Sac, Ps CXIX, vs 89 (Biblia Sacra/Holy Scripture, Psalm 119:89 “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Reverse: the Truth and “the Church symbolized by two women, Matthew 16:18: Op desen rots-steen wil ik bouwen myne gemeente, en de poorten der helle sullen se niet overweldigen (On this rock I will build my church, and the Gates of Hades will not...

February 11, 2013 |

3. 1717, Commemorating the bicentennial of the Reformation

1717, Commemorating the bicentennial of the Reformation, bust Luther: MartInVs LVutherVs theoLogIae DoCtor/Martin Luther doctor of theology (M, D, C, 2xL, 3xV, 2xI = 1717), reverse: palm tree in landscape: foLIUM eIVs neC DefLVuet/ his leaf shall not fall down. (1717). Onderschrift: IN MEM:oriam IVB:laei  EV:angelici  SEC:undi  D:ie 31 OCT:obris/ Commemorating the bicentennial of the Reformation, 31e october. Medallist: P.H.Müller, gold and silver, 30 and 32...

February 11, 2013 |

4. 1717 Reformation bust Martin Luther

1717, Commemorating the bicentennial of the Reformation: bust Martin Luther see medal nr 3, reverse: a sowing farmer: Ego plantavi deus incrementum dedit/ I have planted, God gave the increase. D:ie 31 OCT:obris. gold and...

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