The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
October 29-November 7, 2017
Montag, October 30, 2017
Arrive Leipzig. This event begins in Leipzig and ends in Erfurt. A bus will be available to whisk us to the Leipzig Marriott at 3:00 from the airport. If you arrive after that, grab a taxi. We’ll do a brief walking tour of town before dinner. Dinners are covered by the tour. Lunches will typically be on your own. This schedule is a plan that is subject to change.
Dienstag (Tuesday), October 31, 2017 – The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Posting of the 95 Theses
In the morning we will have Reformation Day Worship at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. J.S. Bach (1685-1750) served as music director of the city of Leipzig. He is buried at St. Thomas. We’ll eat a substantial lunch since the evening concern will be during the dinner hour. On this day, the tour will cover lunch, rather than dinner. We may also visit the Old City Hall and St. Nicolas Church, where the prayers were said leading up to the fall of the communist regime. At 6:00 p.m. we will attend a Reformation Concert featuring music of Michael Praetorius, Johann Walther and Dietrich Buxtehude.
Mittwoch (Wednesday), November 1
In Eisleben we will see Luther’s birth house and another house where Luther died. Luther never lived in Eisleben. His parents were passing through when he was born, and he was there negotiating a conflict when he died. We will visit The Church of St. Peter and Paul, where Luther was baptized, and possibly the Church of St. Andreas, where Luther preached his last sermon.
Donnerstag (Thursday), November 2, 2017
Situated on the Elbe River, Dresden is the second-largest city in the Free State of Saxony. In Dresden we will see the Royal Residence/Castle of the Electors and the King of Saxony, one of the oldest buildings in Germany, and Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). Dresden was bombed extensively in World War II, but has rebuilt marvelously.
Freitag, November 3, 2017
Wittenberg, formally Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is where Luther lived, taught and posted the 95 Theses. There we can choose from several options: The Luther House (and Museum) is the Augustinian house where Luther lived, first as a monk in 1511, and later as a family man, until he died in 1546, for a total of 35 years. The Melanchthon House (and Museum) is where Luther’s friend and fellow Reformer Phillipp Melanchton lived. Martin Luther and Johannes Bugenhagen both preached at the City Church or Stadt- und Pfarrkirche St. Marien zu Wittenberg. All Saints Church (commonly referred to as the Schlosskirche, or Castle Church), is where the 95 Theses were posted.
Samstag (Saturday), November 4, 2017
On Saturday we will move to a new hotel in Erfurt, the capital of the State of Thuringia, where Luther lived as an Augustinian friar from 1505 to 1511. On our way to Erfurt, we will visit the Wartburg, the famous castle built in the Middle Ages, where Luther was hidden for 300 days, and where he translated the Bible into German. We will also have an opportunity to visit the Luther House (and Museum) where the teenaged Luther lived with the Cotta family from 1498 to 1501. We can’t miss the Bach House, a museum to the Lutheran musician and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in Eisenach. Check out this short, 40-second video on Eisenach: https://www.facebook.com/GermanyTravelDestination/videos/10100127023121761/
Sonntag, November 5, 2017
We will worship at St. Augustine’s Monastery (Augustinerkloster), guests of Pastor Irene Mildenburger. After lunch we will head out to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, which was one of the largest Nazi work camps in Germany.
Montag, November 6, 2017
Monday is our last full day. We will have some time to explore Erfurt, and do some shopping at the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge). After lunch, we will visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, a romanesque basilica where Martin Luther was ordained on April 3, 1507. Then we will get a more formal tour of at St. Augustine’s Monastery (Augustinerkloster). After a last afternoon rest, we will conclude the day with a festive final dinner.
Dienstag, November 7, 2017
The tour ends in Erfurt the following morning when you arise. You are free to extend your stay or travel home. We can assist you setting up arrangements. Let us know where you are going. If enough of us are heading to Leipzig, we can arrange a bust with enough advanced notice.
The temperatures in early November range from 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain and snow are always possible. Dress accordingly.
Group size: About 24 people.
Cost: $2,400 per person, double occupancy. And additional $500 for single occupancy. Costs include hotel, ground transportation once we are in Leipzig until we end in Erfurt, all meals except lunches any dinner if you eat separately from the group. Plan on some expenses for gratuities. Cost does not include airfare. The event begins in Leipzig and ends in Erfurt.
Registration: Online registration can be found here: http://gulfcoastsynod.org/events/germany
A $500 refundable deposit is due upon registration. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be due April 10, 2017. Final payment is due September 15, 2017. This trip is open to all.
Mailing List: To be put on the mailing list, send an email to Synod@GulfCoastSynod.org indicating your interest in “Reformation Trip 2017.”
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Luther and the Reformation: A Chronology
1483 – Luther born on November 10, 1482 in Eisleben, to Hans and Margarethe Luder (or Ludher, later Luther). The next day he baptized on the Feast of St. Martin of Tours. He grew up in Mansfeld where he attended the Latin school.
From this point on Luther is swept along with the flow of events. Support for Reform was given or denied by city councils and princes. If a local priest began preaching salvation by grace alone, offering the cup, condemning indulgences, Rome would pressure through the bishop and the priest would appeal to the city council.
In Search of Luther: June 6-16, 2014
Freitag, 6. Juni
Depart Houston IAH
Arrive Frankfurt and transfer by bus to Erfurt. Visit the Augustinerkloster in rfurt, where Luther lived as an Augustinian monk from 1505 to 1511.
Sonntag, 8. Juni
Go to Eisenach. Visit Wartburg Castle, Bach Museum, Cotta House, and St. George Church.
Left: The Wartburg Castle, where Luther was whisked to safety, and where he translated the New Testament into German.
Dienstag, 10. Juni
Wittenberg was the location of the new university where Luther taught. He posted the 95 Theses on the door of the chapel. Someone translated them from Latin into German, then printed and distributed them.
Donnerstag, 12. Juni
Drive to Eisleben. Visit the house where Luther was born and the other house where he died. Visit St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized. St. Peter’s Church is now a baptismal center.
Freitag, 13. Juni
Tour the city of Leipzig where J.S. Bach served as music director of the city. Visit St. Thomas Church where Bach is buried and St. Nicholas Church where the prayers were said leading up to the fall of the communist regime.
Attend the opening night of the Leipzig Bach Festival in St. Thomas Church.
17.00 Uhr Thomaskirche / Eröffnungskonzert
J. S. Bach: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 ·
Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 · Sanctus D-Dur, BWV 232III ·
C. P. E. Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, Wq 215 · Heilig, Wq 217
Julia Sophie Wagner (Sopran), Susanne Krumbiegel (Mezzosopran),
Benno Schachtner (Altus), Martin Petzold (Tenor),
Andreas Scheibner (Bass), Thomanerchor Leipzig,
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,
Leitung: Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller
Mayor’s Reception following in the New City Hall. Overnight in Leipzig.
Samstag, 14. Juni
Excursion to Dresden. Royal Residence, Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), with views of the Elbe River.
Bach Festival Concert. Overnight in Leipzig.
20.00 Uhr Nikolaikirche / Oratorium und Kantate
C. P. E. Bach: Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Wq 238 ·
J. S. Bach: Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104
Solisten, Chorus Musicus Köln, Das Neue Orchester,
Leitung: Christoph Spering
Sonntag, 15. Juni
Worship at St. Thomas Church. Afternoon visit to the Stasi Museum. Dinner together.
For more information contact 281-873-5665.
Cost: $1995 per person, double occupancy. There is a single room occupant supplemental cost of $590. This trip is limited to 20 people. Costs include hotel, all meals except lunch and perhaps a dinner or two if we divide up. Plan on some expenses for gratuities.
Registration: $1,000 refundable deposit due in 2013. Second $1,000 deposit is due January 15. The second deposit is non-refundable. Final payment is due May 15, 2014.