Wednesday, April 30, 2008

#2239-To Elector Johann Friedrich

To the illustrious, high-born Prince and Lord, Lord Johann Friedrich, Duke in Saxony,Arch-marchall of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector etc.,Landgraf in Thuringia, and Markgraf in Meissen, my most gracious Lord.

G.(Grace) a.(and)Peace. Illustrious, high-born Prince, most gracious Lord! The Council in Minden in Westphalia with their superintendents have readied pointed letters to ECFG , in addition written to me pleading their prevailing need commending ECFG faithfully to grant gracious advice. The priests cannot rest and are strengthened in animosity by the terrible situation in Munster and in all other places trying to root out the Gospel. Would that God would defend against them,Amen. ECFG will know how to advise and be able certainly to do what is the best for the good people ; although against force there is little to advise if God does not steer things with a greater force.. Herewith be commended to God. Sunday of Vocem Jucunditatis. (21 May)
1536. ECFG's obedient Martin Luther.

NOTE: Vocem Jucunditatis- Fifth Sunday of Easter-"With the voice of joy..."

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