Since 2017 Lutherans have been remembering major events in the Lutheran reformation that took place 500 years ago. In the year 1523 Luther applied his Gospel insights to Christian worship. Most well known is a set of guidelines he produced for reforming the divine service: his Formula Missae, commonly known as his “Latin Mass”.

In the same year he translated the traditional Latin baptismal rite into German so that common people might hear and understand the wonderful gifts their children were receiving. Entitled Das tauff buchlin verdeutscht (“The Baptismal Booklet Put into German”), it came to be known simply as the Taufbüchlein. Three years later he issued a second version in which he slightly reduced the ceremonial actions so that the water and the Word shone through more clearly. Luther’s “Baptismal Booklet” was eventually included in the Small Catechism and Book of Concord and used throughout Europe.

On Saturday, 15 April 2023, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, celebrated this influential writing at its first annual Confessions conference. Organised by Dr Joshua Hollmann and entitled Confessio: Luther’s Baptismal Booklet and the Life of the Church, the conference featured CLTS President Dr Thomas Winger as the keynote speaker. You can listen to his presentation here (a podcast link will follow in a separate news release):

Luther’s Baptismal Booklet, Part 1

Luther’s Baptismal Booklet, Part 2


One thought on “Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Baptismal Booklet

  1. Thank you for this.  I listen to this with interest while I wash (baptize) the kitchen dishes.  I listen to it as long as there are more dishes, & then I look forward to the next “baptism” session after the next meal.Thank you for sharing these salutary recordings.Pastor Robert Clifford

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