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ZWO PREDIG UBER DER LEICH DES KURFURSTEN HERTZOG JOHANS ZU SACHSEN. BY MARTIN LUTHER

(Two Sermons at the Funeral of John, Elector of Saxony) Publication Date: 1532 Third edition printed the same year as first edition. Two sermons preached by Luther at the funeral and obsequies of John “the Steadfast”, Elector of Saxony, on August 18th and 22nd, 1532. The sermons were preached at the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther chose for this text, on both occasions, Thessalonianss I, 4:13-14 “But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” John, Elector of Saxony (1468-1532) was an early adherent of Luther and became elector of Saxony with his brother’s death in May 1525. He was soon prominent among the Reformers. John rendered great services to the Protestant cause in its infancy. He was active at the diet of Speyer in 1526 and signed the protest against the “recess” of the diet of Speyer in 1529 being thus one of the original Protestants. The “recess” gave John the opportunity to reform the church in Saxony, where a plan for divine service was drawn up by Luther. #1336
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