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Luther’s Theses, marking the start of the Reformation on October 31 in 1517.

Fear not: I am by no means announcing the end of this blog and am very much looking forward to sharing Bach’s beautiful Advent and Christmas cantatas with you starting on Sunday November 27.

This is just a heads-up about the impending end of my Trinity 1723 Special Series. Bach made his 1723 Trinity Season go out with a bang, and I plan to do the same! Spectacular (and somewhat crazy) cantatas are coming up in the next three weeks, but there’s no cantata from 1723 for today, so this is your chance to catch up on the previous episodes of this special series, which started on Sunday May 29 of this year with this post.  If you don’t have time to read all the episodes, I recommend these two highlights: cantata 147 for the Feast of the Visitation, and cantata 105 for Trinity 9.

Why is there no cantata for today from 1723? It was October 31, also known as Reformation Day, the day on which the Lutheran Church celebrates Martin Luther publishing his 95 Theses against the Catholic Church in 1517. It wasn’t until 1725 that Bach wrote a cantata for that particular day.

Wieneke Gorter, Sunday October 30, 2016.