Martin Luther: Ninety-five Theses

(1517)

Glossary

  • Apostolic pardon an indulgence, given by a priest, for the remission (releasing from guilt) of sins
  • commissary in this context, person responsible for executing a function of a superior
  • greater graces as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12:4–11
  • mortuary and anniversary masses respectively, masses for the dead individually and for all those who have died in a given year
  • St. Lawrence a bishop who was tortured and martyred in the third century, during the reign of the Roman emperor Valerian
  • St. Peter's church the Catholic (that is, universal) Church
  • Sts. Severinus and Paschal respectively, a French abbot of the sixth century, famed for his exercise of penance, and an Italian pope (Paschal I) of the eighth century who oversaw restoration of basilicas in Rome
  • tares that were sown an allusion to the parable of Jesus given in Matthew 13:24–30
  • true contrition repentance that includes the firm will never to sin again
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Luther nails his theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenburg. (Library of Congress)

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