A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Translator (into Spanish): Juan Bautista Cabrera

Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars was born in Benisa, Spain, April 23, 1837. He attended seminary in Valencia, studying Hebrew and Greek, and was ordained as a priest. He fled to Gibraltar in 1863 due to religious persecution where he abandoned Catholicism. He worked as a teacher and as a translator. One of the works he translated was E.H. Brown's work on the thirty-nine articles of the Anglican Church, which was his introduction to Protestantism. He was a leader of a Spanish Reformed Church in Gibraltar. He continued as a leader in this church when he returned to Spain after the government of Isabel II fell, but continued to face legal difficulties. He then organized the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church and was consecrated as bishop in 1894. He… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A mighty fortress is our God, A sword and shield victorious (Castillo fuerte es nuestro Dios)
Title: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
German Title: Ein' Feste Burg
Author: Martin Luther
Translator (into Spanish): Juan Bautista Cabrera
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7
Source: Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978 (tr.)
Language: English; Spanish
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: English text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship

Tune

EIN FESTE BURG

The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including…

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Instances

Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
Audio

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #503

Audio

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #504

Gather Comprehensive #607

Hymnal #329

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #709

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #674

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #556

Lutheran Service Book #657

Lutheran Worship #297

Moravian Book of Worship #788

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #571

RitualSong #741

This Far By Faith #133

Worship (4th ed.) #688

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