I know it’s a little Lutheran, but my next banner is for Reformation. Don’t worry, non-Lutherans, next on the list is a banner for All Saints/Saints Triumphant. I just haven’t been struck with an idea for it yet.
Here’s a little background:
Reformation is celebrated on or around October 31. This is the same day as Halloween or All Hallows Eve and this is for good reason. It’s the day that Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenburg. He posted it because there would be a huge influx of people in the next day for All Saints Day. He was getting increasingly distressed with the Catholic church and saw disparity in Rome with brothels for priests and priests not saying the correct words of institution correctly so he posted the Theses to try to start a debate to have these things fixed. Unfortunately, the Pope didn’t see it that way and ended up excommunicating Luther. When Luther eventually saw that the Pope would not fix things but wanted to silence him, the “Lutheran” princes and their people broke away. Strangely enough, about 100 years later, the Catholic church would have its own little Reformation where they cleaned up a lot of the things that had angered and distressed Luther.
And now for the design:
The text of the banner is the first line of the great Lutheran hymn “A Mighty Fortress” which is taken from Psalm 46:1. At the top, you will see a fortress that is flying banners with the cross on it. At the bottom is the Luther seal. You can find a great explanation of the seal here: http://www.goodshepherd.nb.ca/seal/
You can find the PDF for the design on the Designs page.