Happy Reformation Day!

490 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door in Wittenberg.
Here’s Luther’s famous song “A Mighty Fortress is our God”
A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper he amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
The Lord of Hosts, His Name-
From age to age the same,
And he must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us.
We will not fear, for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
we know his doom is sure,
the Word of God shall fell him.
That Word above all earthly pow’rs,
No thanks to them, is standing;
The Spirit and His gift is ours-
We answer His commanding.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body that may kill;
God’s truth is ruling still-
His Kingdom is forever!


2 thoughts on “Happy Reformation Day!

  1. Very nice. No photo to match? I particularly like the start of the third verse.
    An interesting thought – how is it that the song rhymes, when it was probably written in German…?

  2. I was asking the same question to myself earlier today. Surely they would have to do a little tweaking? It fits the music too, so I think they must have to (Luther wrote the tune as well as the words!)

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