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  • 2014 November 30: The Pilgrims

    November 30, 2014 10:30

    Last week we considered Martin Rinkart (1586–1649) — the Lutheran pastor who wrote the words to "Now Thank We All Our God" in the midst of the starvation, war and plague of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Johann Crüger (1598-1662) wrote the melody. The son of an innkeeper, he studied at the Lateinschule in Guben until he was 15. He then traveled and studied at schools throughout Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, and Moravia, including the Jesuit College at Olmütz, and the Poets’ School at Regensburg... (more )

  • 2014 November 23: Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket)

    November 23, 2014 10:30

    Martin Rinkart (1586–1649) was a Lutheran pastor who came to Eilenburg, Saxony at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War. As a walled city it afforded some small measure of safety, and thus became a refuge for the dispossessed. The result, however, was overcrowding, pestilence and famine. And armies overran it three times in spite of its walls. (more )

  • 2014 November 23: Now Thank We All our God

    November 23, 2014 10:30

    The Reformation of course had its dark side: many political powers-that-be didn't care about Luther's or Calvin's reforms, but saw them as an opportunity to end their political and financial servitude to Rome. And so war erupted, perhaps most notably the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Measured by the percentage of the population that perished (as direct casualties or due to the famine and plagues it caused), some scholars suggest that the Thirty Years War was the deadliest in European history. (more )

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