June 25, 2018, Feast Day of Philip Melanchthon, 1497-1560
Martin Luther’s friend and supporter, Melanchthon honed and refined Lutheranism as we know it today.
With Luther he joined in the denunciation of indulgences, excessive saint worship, the sacrament of penance, and the notion that Jesus is physically present in the bread and wine of communion. His Augsburg Confession is widely regarded as the most significant document of the Reformation.
Had he persuaded Lutherans to think more highly of the veneration of saints, he might be known today as Saint Philip of Augsburg.
Had he been less devoted to preserving Luther’s memory, we might have actually have heard of him.