Martin Luther

(1483-1546 / Germany)

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Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) (sometimes known as Saint Martin Luther) was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. Strongly disputing the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money, he confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of ... more »

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  • ''I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.''
    Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Letter, August 28, 1518.
  • Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgence...
    Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. No. 51 of the Ninety-Five Theses pinned onto the door of the castle church at ...
  • ''If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.''
    Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface, New Testament, trans. by Martin Luther (1522).
  • ''The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.''
    Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface to his translation of the Psalms (1534).
  • Young fellows are tempted by girls, men who are thirty years old are tempted by gold, when they are forty years old they are tempted by honor and glory, and those who are sixty years old say to themse...
    Martin Luther (1483-1546), German religious reformer. Table Talk (1546).
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O Lord, We Praise Thee, Bless Thee, And Adore Thee

O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee, and adore Thee,
In thanksgiving bow before Thee.
Thou with Thy body and Thy blood didst nourish
Our weak souls that they may flourish.
O Lord, have mercy!
May Thy body, Lord, born of Mary
That our sins and sorrow did carry,
And Thy blood for us plead in all trial, fear and need:
O Lord, have mercy!

Thy holy body into death was given,
Life to win for us in heaven.
No greater love than this to Thee could bind us;
May this feast thereof remind us!
O Lord, have mercy!
Lord, Thy kindness did so constrain Thee
That ...

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