Join Paul Gilbert, Senior Pastor at Four Oaks Church, as we follow the steps of the reformer Martin Luther. We will visit Luther's home in Wittenberg as well as St Mary's Church, which is often considered the mother-church of the Protestant Reformation since both Martin Luther and Johannes Bugenhagen preached there.
We will also visit St Andrew's Church, where Martin Luther preached his last four sermons. Additionally, we will visit Luther House Museum, Warburg Castle, the Augustinian Monastery, and the assembly for the Edict of Worms, which addressed Martin Luther and the effects of the Protestant Reformation. Throughout the tour, Pastor Paul will share various insights into the history of the Reformation.
The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680.