Anecdote from Less Polite Times….Regarding the Motto of the Lutheran Reformation
The motto of the Reformation, Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum, was literally sewn on to the sleeves of the entire staff of Philipp of Hesse’s castle staffs, with the initials VDMA, from the prince down to the lowliest servant. Apparently this made for some not-so-good natured banter between the Prince and a Roman bihop on one occasion as relayed as follows:
Source: Quaint Saying and Doings of Luther, p. 246. Google books.