Establishing of common Lutheran church organization of Livonian cities

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1527

The religious organization in the Livonian protestant cities was first quite different. Even in the year 1527 the Lutheranism was still not recognised in Tallinn, considering this sectarianism, although the citizens were clearly in the reformation-related opinions. The local church organisation mainly meant that each city grasped the church properties to themselves and started to also deal with the welfare of the poor.

It was also observed that the citizens would not visit catholic services or the catholic habits would not come back.
The diversity of the religious ceremonies still threatened the Livonian Lutherans with sectarianism: if each city has a slightly different religion, the mutual conflicts might occur easily and the weaker Lutherans can be simpler pushed down by the catholic landlords.
Therefore the authoritative theologian Johannes Briesmann started its activities in Riga in 1527 who had to the larger extent carried out reformation of Prussia.

He worked out the church organization for the city of Riga by the year 1529 which in 1533 was taken over by the other protestant cities of Livonia. Thus the reformation-minded people had united, but the possibilities for further spread of Lutheranism were still poor.


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