Marking 500 years since the Reformation

The reformation was a time of conflict and challenge. 500 years on there is still healing and hurt between Christians and it is good for Catholics to acknowledge this anniversary and revisit some of the history.

The 31st of October 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther initially wrote his 95 Theses which had a significant impact upon the Catholic Church and the shape of many organisations, ideas and structures that would come to mark the modern era.

This link from the National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) is designed to provide opportunities for parishes, as well as schools, with related readings, a Commemoration Prayer Service, PowerPoint and a YouTube video which will be useful to share with your parishioners. 

On the webpage, we specifically recommend you look at:

  1. A prayer service to commemorate the reformation on the 31st of October.
  2. Resource 4 – For Parishes – Commemoration of the Reformation (notes).
  3. Information and Background  - video clip on Catholicism and the Reformation.