Army of Lutherans Starts on Reformation Monument

Army of Lutherans Starts on Reformation Monument

Rapid City, SD – From every corner of the globe an army of Lutherans has descended on the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Their mission? Construction of a monument carved in stone which will make Mount Rushmore look like a child’s toy.

The massive monument, delayed for decades while Lutheran theologians squabbled over details such as which Reformation figures to include and what version of Scripture to use, will feature Reformation heroes Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Jan Hus, and Huldrych Zwingli clustered around a magnificent rendering of the Lutherbibel, whose intricately carved stone pages will be open to Psalm 46.

Before any work could begin, organizers installed a 52 rank, 3,500 pipe organ, essential for Sunday morning worship. In addition, a paid staff of three organists play continually in eight hour shifts, keeping up the morale of the workers through hymns such as “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “The Church’s One Foundation.”



“We work 24 hours a day, 6 days a week,” said Lead Sculptor Pastor David Mason. “On Sunday we rest: church services in the morning followed by an outdoor potluck.”

Working with unparalleled dedication and subsisting on a diet of brats, beans, sauerkraut, and jello, the 20,000 volunteer workers anticipate completing the monument by Reformation Day, 2019.

So mark your calendars for October 31st, 2019 and start planning your vacation to South Dakota!

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One Comment on “Army of Lutherans Starts on Reformation Monument”

  1. Why Zwingli and not Calvin? Calvin’s doctrine of “true presence” was much closer to Lutheran “real presence” than Zwingli’s “memorial.” And so was Reformed doctrine of “signs” as communicating “outwardly” an “inward and spiritual reality.” I know with such a massive project already underway, it’s too late to make any changes, but I would have preferred the huge statues above the altar at Berlin’s Protestant cathedral (Berliner Dom): Luther and Melanchthon on one side, Calvin and Zwingli on the other, and the altar with a crucifix (rather than a Bible) in the center. Come on, Lutherans! If the united Lutheran-Reformed church in Prussia can get it right, why not you?

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