WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 — The wedding of a monk and a nun would make headlines today just as it did back on June 13, 1525 when former monk Martin Luther married former nun Katharina von Bora in Wittenberg, the town where the onetime monk struck a “match” – the 95 Theses – which lit the fires of Europe’s Protestant Reformation in 1517.
This coming weekend, Luther and Katharina will wed for the 19th time, and the town now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg will hold an annual festival to celebrate the event in its old quarter. Renaissance period costumes, live music, jugglers, knights, merchants, marching bands, market delicacies and a parade will accent the event. It’ll be another reminder that the 500th anniversary of Luther’s resistance to the church’s operatives and clerical misbehaviors is coming in five years.
Married couples of all ages will renew their vows as part of the festival activities on Saturday, June 9 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. An American pastor, Rev. Michael Ramming of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Callao, Va. will conduct the Marriage Vow Renewal ceremony in English so people from many backgrounds can take part.
Germany is marking the “Luther Decade” for the ten years leading up to 2017. Beginning in 2008, each year has a theme to demonstrate how the Reformation influenced and changed not only religion, but also music, art, politics, society, and even language. This year’s theme is “Reformation and Music,” and events are scheduled throughout the year in “Luther Country.” To learn more, visit www.visit-luther.com.
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