Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by yours truly, right here.
This week's words are
and / or one of these archaic/semi-archaic words
anon (at once)
forsooth (in truth; indeed)
wood mad (insane; wild)
A few days ago, i posted Sunday Selections photos of our Reformation Day celebration at church and some asked, "What is Reformation Day?"
FORSOOTH, it is a good question, so please BEAR with me as i attempt to answer with the above words and without boring you to tears (although if you don't like history, you'll think that isn't possible).
On October 31, 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, a list of 95 problems he saw with Roman Catholic Church doctrine. He felt there was a GAP when these doctrines were compared to what he read in Scripture.
He was especially critical of the idea of the sale of indulgences. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that if you die with small sins that you haven't confessed and had absolved by a priest, you go to Purgatory to finish paying for those sins. An "indulgence" is a way to reduce the amount of punishment. Friends and family members were encouraged to pay for indulgences for deceased loved ones, and unscrupulous priests sometimes preyed on those mourning, having them even go into DEBT to buy time out of Purgatory for the deceased. This even though no priest could say, with any authority, whether your loved one went to Purgatory or not, or whether enough indulgences had been paid for yet.
Most current Protestant teaching holds that sins are forgiven through the work Jesus the Christ (Messiah, Anointed One) did, and cannot be bought. Most also don't believe in Purgatory at all, since it's not in the Bible.
ANON there was a REACTION, although at first Luther believed he was simply trying to bring the simple WITNESS of Scripture to bear on church teachings. Like many before and since, his first inclination was not to ditch the Roman Catholic Church wholesale, but to simply DESCRIBE problems he saw in some church teaching and get it changed.
Whether he and the reformers who followed, such as John Calvin and John Knox, are seen as heroes or as WOOD MAD depends upon whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, and of what "denominational flavor" as one friend of mine likes to say.
Right or wrong, Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church a few years later and what he and his followers started teaching marked the end of the Middle Ages in Europe, as well as the rise of the Renaissance and the decline of the Pope's influence in the affairs of civil government.
Many churches today, including the one i attend, celebrate the last Sunday of October as Reformation Day or Reformation Sunday. Because we are Presbyterians, and the Presbyterian denominations in the US hail back to the Church of Scotland, it's a day of celebrating all things Scottish (although most of us draw the line at haggis), as well as celebrating a simple faith as taught in the Bible alone.
Allama Iqbal Day -- Pakistan
Chaos Never Dies Day -- internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one
Couch Beachcombing Day -- internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Dia de los Natitas -- La Paz, Bolivia (Day of the Skulls, when skulls are decorated and then offered cigarettes, coca leaves, and other items)
Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena -- Madrid, Spain (Feast of the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of the City)
Flag Day -- Azerbaijan
Go to an Art Museum Today Day -- it's a good idea, whoever started this one
Independence Day -- Cambodia (1953)
Lord Mayor's Day / Lord Mayor's Show -- London, England (traditional date, celebrated on the nearest Saturday; a traditional Show since 1215, when King John granted the people of London the right to elect their own mayor)
National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day
National Nibble Day -- as promoted by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
National Scrapple Day
Neon Sign Day -- Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911
Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee -- Scots Pagan (date approximate)
Paul is Dead Day -- Beatle's Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell
Schicksalstag -- Germany (Destiny Day or Fateful Day) anniversary of
the execution of Robert Blum in 1848
dethroning of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918
The Beer Hall Putsch in 1923
Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, marks the beginning of the Holocaust), 1938
the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
St. Theodore the General's Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; invoked for the recovery of lost objects)
Tag der Erfinder -- Austria; Germany; Switzerland (Inventor's Day; birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr, who was an inventor as well as an actress)
Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Sprites)
World Freedom Day -- US
Nikki Blonsky, 1988
Nick Lachey, 1973
Chris Hericho, 1970
Thomas Quasthoff, 1959
Lou Ferrigno, 1951
Tom Weiskopf, 1942
Tom Fogerty, 1941
Mary Travers, 1936
Bob Gibson, 1935
Carl Sagan, 1934
Dorothy Dandridge, 1923
Spiro Agnew, 1918
Hedy Lamarr, 1913
James William Fullbright, 1905
Ed Wynn, 1886
Stanford White, 1853
Elijah P. Lovejoy, 1802
Benjamin Banneker, 1731 (first freeborn child of free African American parents)
"Wizard of Id"(Comic strip), 1964
Today in History:
Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694
The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620
Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681
The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720
Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799
The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821
The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858
The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861
Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862
The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921
Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967
Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985
The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005
The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007
The USS Gerald R. Ford is christened by the U.S. Navy; the aircraft carrier cost $15.5 billion and is technically the most advanced ship ever built, 2013
"Reclining Nude" by Italian artist Modigliani fetches the second highest auction price ever at $170.4m, 2015
The Kartarpur Corridor opens, allowing Sikh worshippers from India to access the holy site of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan without a visa, 2019
105-year-old Julia Hawkins sets a world record as the first woman and first American her age to run 100 meters, in the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, 2021