500th Anniversary

Computer simulation of St. Jacob's Church with the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation logo.

Computer simulation of St. Jacob’s Church with the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation logo.




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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Logo for our Reformation 500 Observance



500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation


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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, A Roman Catholic priest and professor of theology, took a step that, ultimately, was to impact all of Christendom and change the course of world history. On that day, after years of often agonizing study, prayer, and reflection, Luther posted “The Ninety-Five Theses” on the door of Wittenberg’s All Saints (“Castle”) Church. These were a series of propositions and questions on, what Luther considered, the flawed teachings and abusive practices of the Roman Church. The intended spark for discussion and debate ignited a widespread and fervent call for change and reform in the Church. What became known as the Protestant Reformation is linked back to Luther’s actions on that October day in 1517.


In 2017, St. Jacob’s and Trinity and churches around the world celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. For this anniversary year, we will use the above logo*. It embraces the Luther Rose, designed for Martin Luther and widely recognized as the symbol for Lutheranism. Surrounding the Luther Rose are the following sets of words: “Word Alone”, “Faith Alone”, and “Grace Alone.” These six words are at the core of Luther’s teachings and of those of the other Protestant reformers.


Come, be a part of this anniversary of understanding, celebrating, and sharing. All are invited…all are welcome!


*Thanks to Tom Evans, a member of Resurrection Lutheran, Fredericksburg, for his logo design and explanation.