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Commemoration of Katherine von Bora

December 20th, 2013
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8aToday we thank and praise God for His faithful servant, Katherine.

We pray:

O God, our refuge and strength, You raised up Your servant Katharina to support her husband in the task to reform and renew Your Church in the light of Your  Word. Defend and purify the Church today and grant that, through faith, we may boldly support and encourage our pastors and teachers of the faith as they proclaim and administer the riches of Your grace made known in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Katharina von Bora (1499–1552) was placed in a convent when still a child and became a nun in 1515. In April 1523 she and eight other nuns were rescued from the convent and brought to Wittenberg. There Martin Luther helped return some to their former homes and placed the rest in good families. Katharina and Martin were married on June 13, 1525. Their marriage was a happy one and blessed with six children. Katharina skillfully managed the Luther household, which always seemed to grow because of his generous hospitality. After Luther’s death in 1546, Katharina remained in Wittenberg but lived much of the time in poverty. She died in an accident while traveling with her children to Torgau in order to escape the plague. Today is the anniversary of her death. Source: Treasury of Daily Prayer (CPH: 2008), p. 1035.

Here are more details about Katie’s life.

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  1. Martin Diers
    December 25th, 2010 at 18:24 | #1

    When I click that link, I keep getting the CHI home page. This one worked for me, however: http://www.lutheranhistory.org/katie/

  2. Nathan Woolery
    December 20th, 2011 at 09:37 | #2

    My mother died two years ago on December 20th, she was another example of a good Christian woman.

    “There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
    Open-eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
    Though my flesh awaits its raising,
    Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ;
    I’m a child of paradise!” -LSB 594

  3. December 20th, 2011 at 22:36 | #3

    @Nathan Woolery
    May God continue to comfort you with the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection, Nathan.

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