Zwingli’s Zurich 23/11

Study Day in Zurich – 23 November

On Saturday 23 November, Lutheran churches throughout Switzerland are coming together in Zurich for a day of learning about Ulrich Zwingli, one of the prominent figures of the Reformation.

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The day will include a talk from a local historian and a guided tour of the Grossmünster, the church where Zwingli served as pastor. 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the start of his ministry in the city.

It’s important that we know how many from our congregation would like to go, so that we can arrange for English-language translation. If you are interested in coming along, please mark the signup sheet on a Sunday morning, or send a message to the church office: office@genevalutheran.ch.

We will each make our own way to Zurich, so if you plan to travel by train, it may be wise to pick up one of the cartes journalières from your commune now.

Photos of Zurich “Grossmünster (Great Minster)” and the riverside and the new, tallest, “Prime Tower” – all taken in July 2012.


1024px-Switzerland_Zürich_Grossmünster_Zwingli_Münch_1935Historical significance (Wikipedia)

Zwingli on the bronze doors by Otto Münch (1935)

Huldrych Zwingli initiated the Swiss-German Reformation in Switzerland from his pastoral office at the Grossmünster, starting in 1520.

Zwingli won a series of debates presided over by the magistrate in 1523 which ultimately led local civil authorities to sanction the severance of the church from the papacy.

The reforms initiated by Zwingli and continued by his successor, Heinrich Bullinger, account for the plain interior of the church. The iconoclastic reformers removed the organ and religious statuary in 1524. These changes, accompanied by abandonment of Lent, replacement of the Mass, disavowal of celibacy, eating meat on fast days, replacement of the lectionary with a seven-year New Testament cycle, a ban on church music, and other significant reforms make this church one of the most important sites in the history of the reformation and the birthplace of the Swiss-German reformation.