Feast of Martin Chemnitz (November 9)   Leave a comment

Lutheran Theologian; “The Second Martin;” died in 1586

Martin Chemnitz was born on November 9, 1522.  He grew up to become a teacher then a sales tax collector before he attended the University of Wittenberg from 1545 to 1547, studying under Martin Luther (whose feast day is February 19) and Phillip Melanchthon.  Chemnitz transferred to the University of Konigsberg, where he graduated with an M.A. in 1548 and became a court librarian.

At Konigsberg (as a student then a librarian) Chemnitz began to focus on theology as he examined biblical texts in the original languages.  So he returned to Wittenberg in 1553 as a guest of Melanchton (whose feast day is June 27) and joined the university faculty there the following year.  In 1554 Johannes Bugenhagen (whose feast day is April 20) ordained him to the Lutheran ministry.

Chemnitz, the primary author of the Formula of Concord (1577) was instrumental in the publication of the Book of Concord (1580), the collection of essential Lutheran confessions of faith.


Almighty God, we praise you for your servant Martin Chemnitz, through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life.  Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to your church and proclaim the reality of your reign, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 46

1 Corinthians 3;11-23

Mark 10:35-45


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