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Featured Hymn Writer – Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

Luther bean the Protestant Reformation in 1517, and the Lutheran denomination bears his name to this day.  In addition to be a reformer, he was active in church music.  His most famous hymn was without a doubt “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”.  It was translated from German to English by Frederic Hedge in 1853.  this song has been called “the greatest hymn of the greatest man of the greatest Reformation.”  It was sung at the funeral of American Dwight Eisenhower at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., March 1969.  In 1720 a remarkable revival began in a town in Moravia.  Jesuits opposed it, and the meetings were prohibited.  Those who still assembled were seized and imprisoned in  stables and cellars.  At David Nitschmann’s house, where a hundred and fifty persons gathered, the police broke in and seized the books.  Not dismayed, the congregation stuck up the stanzas of Luther’s hymn, “And though this world, with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us; We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.”

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