Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

 

On June 25th, 1530 the German and Latin editions of the Augsburg Confession were presented to Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire.  It was signed by a number of leaders from German cities and regions.  Since it was too dangerous for Martin Luther to appear at the Diet (meeting), the Augsburg Confession was written by Philip Melancthon and endorsed by Luther.  It consists of a brief summary of the points in which the reformers saw their teaching either agreeing with historical teachings of the Christian Church or disagreeing with the Roman Catholic Church at that time. A few weeks later, the Roman Catholic authorities rejected the Confession.  In 1531, Melanchthon defended the Lutheran stance in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession. In 1580 when the Book of Concord was dawn up, the unaltered Augsburg Confession was included among the principal Lutheran confessions.

Prayer of the Day:

Lord God, heavenly Father, You preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church through the confession of the true faith at Augsburg.  Continue to cast the bright  beams of Your light upon your Church that we being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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