Westminster Abbey Marks 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Tuesday, 31st October 2017
A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses and the start of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Tuesday 31st October 2017.
The service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, who said in his Bidding:
Five hundred years ago today, Martin Luther enclosed with a letter to his archbishop 95 theses critical of aspects of Church practice at the time. He objected in particular to Christians being urged to pay a price that a dead loved one might be freed from punishment.
Five hundred years later, we remember that the universal Church, the body of Christ is under God semper reformanda, always to be reformed. And we recall, with sadness, the cruelty and the deaths that blighted the ensuing decades and, with gratitude, the determination and trust that endured to the end and conquered through suffering.
Today, we stand together, reconciled in Christ, walking side by side, praying that we may be ever more united in our diversity and that we may draw more and more children of God into the beautiful story of God’s love revealed in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Address was given by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan.