A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided you links to different versions to enjoy and a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this year’s selections are very familiar, and others are a little more obscure.  This month, we are learning A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Hymn Story

A Mighty Fortress is Our God is a hymn written by Martin Luther in the early 1500s in Germany. Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who believed that the Catholic Church of Rome was corrupt and harming people. He posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, asking for debate with the church leaders. In 1521, he was excommunicated from the Catholic church during a trial known as the Diet of Worms because he refused to retract his Ninety-Five Theses.

Martin Luther was a writer, translator, preacher, and musician. He wrote a total of thirty-seven hymns for the new Protestant church, as well as many other writings and a German translation of the Bible. This hymn was originally written in German.

Text in English

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4 That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever!

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