Today we remember and give thanks for Johann
Gerhard, Theologian. Johann Gerhard
(1582– 1637) was a great Lutheran theologian in the tradition of Martin Luther
(1483–1546) and Martin Chemnitz (1522–86) and the most influential of the
17th-century dogmaticians. His monumental Loci Theologici (23 large volumes) is
still considered by many to be a definitive statement of Lutheran orthodoxy.
Gerhard was born in
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, you give the gift of teachers to your Church. We praise you for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Johann Gerhard, and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(Treasury of Daily Prayer, pg. 632)