Commemoration for the Week

Sunday, June 25 Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530
On this day in 1530 the German and Latin editions of the Augsburg Confession were presented
to the Emperor Charles of the Holy Roman Empire. The Augsburg Confession was written by
Philipp Melanchthon and endorsed by Martin Luther, and consists of a brief summary of points
in which the reformers saw their teaching as either agreeing with or differing from that of the
Roman Catholic Church of the time.

Sunday, June 25 Philipp Melanchthon, renewer of the church, died 1560
Though he died on April 19, Philipp Melanchthon is commemorated today because of his
connection with the Augsburg Confession. Colleague and co-reformer with Martin Luther,
Melanchthon was a brilliant scholar, known as “the teacher of Germany.”

Tuesday, June 27 Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, died 444
Cyril defended the orthodox teachings about the person of Christ. After a conflict involving all
of the major Christian leaders of the time, it was decided that Cyril’s interpretation, that Christ’s
person included both divine and human natures, was correct.

Wednesday, June 28 Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, died around 202
This important early church leader tried very hard to hold to the faith handed down by the
apostles. An opponent of the movement known as gnosticism, Irenaeus was one of the first to
speak of the church as catholic, or linked together.

Thursday, June 29 Peter and Paul, Apostles
These two strong-willed apostles are the pillars of the church in the first generation after Christ.
Peter was one of the Twelve, one who both offered a glorious confession of faith and later
denied knowing Jesus. Paul once led the persecution of Christians, then was converted and
helped bring the faith to non-Jewish people.

Saturday, July 1 Catherine Winkworth, died 1878; John Mason Neale,
died 1866; hymn translators
Neale was an English priest who specialized in the translation of Latin and Greek hymns into
English. Winkworth lived in Manchester, England, and devoted herself to translating German
hymns. Almost all English-speaking hymnals include many of their translations.