It's Reformation Day ... Not a lot of People Know That ;)

Today is Reformation Day - a day worth remembering, methinks.

I'm re-posting from a couple of years ago, because I loved looking back at the photos of the kids and their wonderful costumes.

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When our homeschooling families came together to celebrate Reformation Day, our kids came prepared for the plays in which they they were performing.

Here is our cast of characters.

Here is a poor German parishioner buying an indulgence from ...

er... hang on! Is this who I think it is? Selling indulgences??

A word with you later, young man, please.

Here were some of the nuns that were able to escape from the convent. 

(This was them trying to look very serious. Frightened even, 
because the consequences would have been serious indeed had they been caught. So... do they look worried to you guys?)

Many nuns who, when they heard the Gospel, became aware that the vows they had taken were not binding in God's eyes. Martin Luther helped some escape, with the aid of a fish merchant who came with his delivery of fish one night to the convent.

(Isn't the cart fabulous?! Well done, Mary and your troops, for the wonderful props)

Leaving the convent, among the stinking barrels were twelve nuns. One of the twelve was Katharina von Bora, who was later to become Luther's wife.

The third and final time Luther was convicted of the total sufficiency of Christ's finished work came when he was in Rome, climbing the steps of the Scala Sancta. (Read about them here.) As Luther climbed the steps on his knees, the words...

...screamed out to him.

This portion of Scripture, "The just shall live by faith", spoke to Martin Luther on three separate occasions. Although he had been saved, his grave clothes of superstition, of tradition and of works were bound tightly to him. (see yesterday's post) Three times, the Lord spoke to him through this truth, until finally, here on the steps of the Scala Sancta, Luther was able to shout with joy and with all conviction, 



  1. AMEN! Thank you for celebrating Reformation Day!

    1. Thank *you*, Dianna. It was great fun, but so much was learnt as well :)

  2. I love this! I'm going to read it to my kids today for Reformation day learning. :)

  3. Oh bless those terrified nuns, they sure do demonstrate joyfulness in times of great trial!!!

  4. We're having some folks from church over to watch the movie, "Luther". Wish you could join us!

  5. This is totally us on Reformation Day! Over here across the Atlantic and the continent in Oregon. This year we learned about the Hugeunots and so it was a decidedly french styled day. My husband is even a member of the Scottish Covenanters Memorial Association. He receives their newsletter and wrote about one of our celebrations a couple of years ago. They published it! What a wonderful thing to celebrate: The Reformation. And thanks to you scotsman for all of those wonderful courageous men of God! Regards-Jamie

  6. Have always appreciated Martin Luther's story. Your little group are the cutest re-enactment ever; they are precious little actors.


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