Oct 27: Reformation Day Resources


October 31st (Sunday) isn't just Halloween… it is also Reformation Day, a holiday in honor of the early protestant reformers, particularly Martin Luther. Today we feature some great links to lessons and activities explaining and celebrating this unique Christian holiday. A great teachable moment to learn more about medieval and church history!

Click on the following links to go to these respective resource pages:

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7 Thoughts.

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  2. Thanks so much for these resources!  Not only will I use them at home, but can't wait to use them at Sunday School this Sunday. 

  3. Not all of us celebrate Reformation Day, especially since I totally disagree with the Protestant break from the true, Catholic Church.  It sure would be nice to see some resources as to the much earlier Christian celebration of this day as the eve before All Saints' Day.   All Saints' Day was celebrated by the Church on November 1 since the 700s, and therefore All Hallows' Eve celebrated on October 31.  Please provide some resources for the celebration of All Hallow's Eve being the day before the Feast of All Saints.  As a Catholic, I choose to celebrate Halloween by dressing my children as Saints and going to an All Saints party.

  4. Rebecca, last year we offered a history of All Hallow's Eve and Halloween. This year Reformation Day. We'll keep an eye out for All Saints' Day next time round. As always, not every resource will be suitable for every person. Glean.

  5. Mr Donn's MedievalTimes site is extremely anti-religion.  This may have started out as bigoted anti-Catholicism, but it ends up with such absurd portrayals of the church that I wouldn't think it acceptable for anyone, of any faith.
    The other resources at least give more historically mainstream arguments.
    Medieval Life is also unusually anti-church, but by ignoring the faith.  It states that faith was extremely important, but then totally avoids explaining it at all. 
    These two do not represent acceptable resources for understanding the Middle Ages.

  6. As a devout Lutheran, thank you so much for the resources for Reformation Day.  Not only are we doing these in our homeschool curriculum, but I will be using these in my Sunday School class as well.
    Thank you for your hard work!  I really appriciate it!

  7. Thanks for this, I've been struggling wondering how to institute Reformation Day for my family. Our kids are too young for a lot of activities I usually come across; this at least gives me a smattering. As for it being something Catholics can't celebrate, I disagree. My struggle with finding good material is that most of it IS anti-Catholic. But that was not Luther's intent, and the fact that he was kicked out  was very sorrowful for him. He still loved the Catholic church. He simply did not stand for the corruption, the idea that one could buy their way to heaven. Most Catholics I know would agree that a great deal was wrong then. Also, most Catholics I know own Bibles and sing praise songs and hymns. If not for Luther and other reformers, the Bible in a common language would not have happened, nor would corporate worship. Reformers risked their lives to give us ALL the Word of God in our own language. So that is something for all Christians of any doctrine to celebrate.

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