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Altar in Gerhardt’s Church

February 28th, 2007
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Pastor Mark Wangerin sent this note, along with this picture, in response to the post on Paul Gerhardt. An additional note on
"Lutheranism’s Sweetest Voice" There is a very striking illustration of
Paul Gerhardt’s version of "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" at the church
of St. Moritz in Mittenwalde, where he was serving as pastor when he
wrote that hymn. Right above the altar (16th century) is a painting
based on the cloth of Veronica–the thorn crowned, bloody head of
Christ. Interesting that during the Reformation era, that altar
remained untouched and that a century and a half later, the pastor of
that church would gaze upon that image every time the divine service
was celebrated. "Here I may stand beside Thee …" Click on the photo to see it in a larger size.

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