To the tune of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” 

The official Parodohymnodist of the blog, Fr. Ferguson, has sent me an offering for the observance of Reformation Day.

(Oh, how I wish there were a choir with big pipe organ out there who would record this and send it to me… anyone?  ARE THERE choirs anymore?)

To the tune of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” 

A mighty fortress is our God,
our Church is His forever:
with faith and works in hand we trod,
the path of truth together.
But still our Lutheran foe,
doth try to tell us no,
and faith alone they say,
will come to save the day,
but they are filled with error.

Did we in our own strength confide,
we’d miss the mark completely,
with faith and works we’re justified,
as Paul tells us quite neatly.
our merits joined with Christ’s
not Wittenberg’s zeitgeist,
can save a drifting soul,
and shriven, become whole,
not lost to endless terror.

So Luther, preach your heart out man,
and take Kate from the cloister,
pin all your hopes on faith alone,
in your Thuringian oyster.
The pearl remains in Rome,
sweet orthodoxy’s home.
Indulge us, please, we pray
to have the final say,
You’re wrong and now know better.

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  1. Joe says:

    You scared me there for a few seconds, Father.

  2. Mariana2 says:


  3. APX says:

    Oh, how I wish there were a choir with big pipe organ out there who would record this and send it to me… anyone? ARE THERE choirs anymore?)

    There are singing restrictions that make it very difficult to sing and record in an actually group. The secular choir I’m in recently did a recording in a multimillion dollar recording studio recording each person individually. There is an easier way to do this, but it would cost money. If you want to take up a collection, it could be made into a Blog Action item and those members of your blog who can sing (this is important because each track has to be edited) could take part. I’ll email you details and you can decide if it’s something you want to do.

  4. ppb says:

    In your Thuringian oyster! How fun!

  5. Transportsjoie says:

    Love it! From someone who was born and raised a Wisconsin synod Lutheran, attended Lutheran parochial school and high school, and was taught to idolize Martin Luther. I used to say that he was the first person I wanted to meet in heaven, haha. Fortunately, I always wanted to be Catholic, and finally did so at age 50, 16 years ago – by the grace of God.

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