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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

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Luther, Martin's bio information

Saturday, November 1, 1483 - Monday, February 8, 1546

Born: November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany.

Died: February 18, 1546, Eisleben, Germany.

Buried: Schlosskirche, Wittenberg, Germany. Philipp Melanchthon lies nearby.

Luther began the Protestant Reformation in 1517, and the Lutheran denomination bears his name to this day. In addition to being a reformer, he was quite active in the area of church music.


* Julian, pp. 703, 1631
* Stulken, pp. 149-50


1. Ach Gott von Himmel, sieh darein
* Look Down, O Lord, from Heaven Behold
2. Aus tiefer Not
* From Depths of Woe I Raise to Thee
* Out of the Deep I Cry to Thee
* Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee
3. Berleih’ uns Frieden gnädiglich
* In These Our Days So Perilous
4. Christ lag in Todesbanden
* Christ in the Bands of Death Was Laid
* Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
* Christ Was Laid in Death’s Strong Bands
* In Death’s Strong Grasp the Savior Lay
* In the Bonds of Death He Lay
* Jesus in Bonds of Death Had Lain
* Three Days in Death’s Strong Grasp He Lay
5. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam
* Christ baptist was be Johne in Jordan flude
* Eye Sees Water, Nothing More, The
* Jesus, Our Lord, to Jordan Came
* To Jordan Came Our Lord, the Christ
* To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord
* To Jordan When Our Lord Had Gone
* Where Jordan’s Stream Was Rolling On
6. Christum wir sollen loben schon
* Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One
7. Der du bist drei in Einigkeit
* Thou, Who Art Three in Unity
8. Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot’
* That Man a Godly Life Might Live
9. Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott
* God Is a Stronghold and a Tower
* Mighty Fortress Is Our God, A
* Mighty Savior, Lord, Art Thou, A
* Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still, A
* Strong Tower and Refuge Is Our God
10. Ein neues Lied wir heben an
* By Help of God I Fain Would Tell
* Flung to the Heedless Winds
11. Erhalt’ uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
* Lord, Keep Us in Thy Word and Work
* Lord, Keep Us Steadfast by Thy Word
12. Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl
* Mouth of Fools Doth God Confess, The
13. Es woll’ uns Gott genädig sein
* May God Bestow on Us His Grace
* May God unto Us Gracious Be
14. Gelobet sei’st du Jesu Christ
* All Praise to Jesus’ Hallowed Name
* All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
15. Gott der Vater wohn uns bei
* God the Father, with Us Stay
16. Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet
* May God Be Praised Henceforth and Blest Forever
17. Herr Gott dich loben wir
* Lord God, Thy Praise We Sing
18. Jesaia dem Propheten
* Isaiah, Mighty Seer
* These Things the Seer Isaiah Did Befall
19. Jesus Christus unser Heiland
* Christ, Who Freed Our Souls from Danger
* Jesus Christ, Who Came to Save
20. Komm Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist
* Come, God Creator, Holy Ghost
* Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove
21. Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
* Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!
* Come, Holy Spirit, God and Lord!
* Come, Holy Spirit, Lord Our God
22. Mensch willt du leben seliglich
* Wilt Thou, O Man, Live Happily
23. Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr’ dahin
* In Peace and Joy I Now Depart
24. Mitten wir im Leben sind
* In the Midst of Earthly Life
* Though in Midst of Life We Be
25. Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist
* Now Pray We All God, the Comforter
* We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost
26. Nun freut euch
* Dear Christian People All, Rejoice
27. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
* Savior of the Heathen, Known
* Savior of the Nations, Come
28. O Lord, We Praise Thee
29. Sie ist mir lieb, die werthe Magd
* Dear Is to Me the Holy Maid
30. Vater unser im Himmelreich
31. Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich
32. Von Himmel hoch da komm ich her
* From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
* Ah, Dearest Jesus
33. Von Himmel kam der Engel schaar
* To Shepherds as They Watched by Night
34. Wär’ Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
* Had God Not Come, May Israel Say
* If God Had Not Been on Our Side
35. Was fürcht’st du, Feind Herodes, sehr
* Why, Herod, Unrelenting Foe
36. Wir glauben All an einen Gott
* We All Believe in One True God
37. Wohl dem, der in Gottes Furcht steht
* Happy the Man who Feareth God


1. Aus Tiefer Not
2. Nun Freut Euch



Born: 1483 - Eisleben, Germany
Died: February 1546 - Eisleben, Germany

Martin Luther was the son of a mining family of rural origin. He attended the Latin School in Mansfeld from 1488 onwards, continuing his schooling in Magdeburg and later in Eisenach. In 1501 Luther began his studies in Erfurt and intended to become a lawyer.

In 1505, however, he made a decision that changed the course of his life radically: he decided to enter the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt. This decision shaped the rest of his life, and his search for a merciful God and His Will culminated in the development of the Reformation of the Church. Luther's negative personal experiences with the ecclesiastical means of grace resulted in not only increasing criticism of the deplorable state of affairs within the church but above all to a fundamental reconsideration of medieval theology.

His public criticism of the misuse of letters of indulgence in 1517 did not result in the desired discussion but led to the start of a court of inquisition culminating in Luther's excommunication after the Imperial Diet of Worms in 1521. Friedrich the Wise organized a "kidnapping" to protect Martin Luther's life. Luther spent almost a year as Knight George on the Wartburg, where he translated the new testament into German.

Luther's most obvious break with his monk's vows ensued when he married the former nun Katharina von Bora in June 1525. The basic unit of the protestant parish house had been born. After the Peasants' War in 1525, which Luther had disapproved of, the Reformer promoted the development of the protestant territorial church through visitations and church policies.

He died in Eisleben, the town of his birth. By order of the Elector Luther was buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

With his translation of the Bible into German Martin Luther attained permanent fame as far as a unification of the German language was concerned. Today some 70 million believers on all five continents are members of the Lutheran Church.


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