Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Johannes Bugenhagen, Pastor

Commemoration of Johannes Bugenhagen, Pastor
April 20, 2010

The Lord be with you

On the Liturgical Calendar used in the LC-MS, today is set aside to commemorate Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558). He was from Pomerania in northern Germany and was appointed pastor of Wittenberg in 1523 through the efforts of Martin Luther. He, therefore, served as Luther’s own pastor and confessor. One of the greatest scholars of the Reformation era, Bugenhagen helped translate the New Testament into Low German and wrote a commentary on the Psalms. He also worked to organize the Lutheran Church in northern Germany and Denmark. In 1539, Bugenhagen became superintendent of the Church in Saxony. After the death of Luther (1546), Bugenhagen took care of Luther’s widow and children. Bugenhagen died in Wittenberg in 1558.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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