July 6 – Marburg

Marburg Castle, where the Marburg Colloquy took place in 1529 (rather than uniting the Protestants of Europe, the first major split in Protestantism resulted between Luther’s followers and Zwingli’s followers who organized the Reformed Church)

Luther and Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli debate the real presence of Christ in the Last Supper (both disagreed with the Catholic interpretation of transubstantiation – the bread and wine literally become Christ’s body and blood for communion; Luther believed in consubstantiation – the body and blood coexist with the bread and wine during communion; Zwingli believed that communion commemorates Christ’s death)

St. Elizabeth’s Church, Marburg (Protestant today) — Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, in order to reestablish the church as Protestant, had the bones of St. Elizabeth removed and scattered to prevent pilgrimages to the church

Waiting to go into St. Elizabeth’s Church, Marburg

The shrine of St. Elizabeth, Marburg Church (this shrine was once a source of great income for the Catholic church, attracting many pilgrims)

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