we remember and give thanks for Johannes Bugenhagen. Bugenhagen
(1485-1558), from Pomerania in northern Germany, was appointed pastor of
Wittenberg in 1523 through the efforts of Martin Luther and thus served as
Luther's own pastor and confessor. One of the greatest scholars of the
Reformation era, he helped translate the New Testament into Low German and
wrote a commentary on the Psalms. He also worked to organize the
Collect of the Day:
O God, our heavenly Father, who raised up your faithful servant Johannes to be a pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.