As the pastor in Zurich, Huldrych Zwingli led the beginning of the Protestant reformation in Switzerland, and, along with Martin Luther, was among the most important of the early reformers. Although Zwingli and the reformation in Zurich have not shaped Protestantism to the same extent as Calvin’s later efforts in Geneva, he still stands as one of the giants of the Reformation.
Zwingli died at the Battle of Kappel on October 11, 1531, a casualty of the early struggles between Protestants and Catholics. In his memory, today’s prayer comes from a portion of the liturgy that was used in Zwingli’s church.
Minister: Glory to God in the Highest.
Men: And peace on earth.
Women: And good-will to men.
Men: We praise and exalt Thee.
Women: We invoke and adore Thee.
Men: We praise Thee, O Lord God, King of Heaven, Father Almighty, for They great goodness and mercy.
Women: O Lord God, O Thou only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and O Thou Holy Spirit
Men: O Lord God, Thou Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Women: Thou who takest away the sins of the world, hear our prayer.
Men: Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
Women: For Thou alone art holy.
Men: For Thou alone art king.
Women: Thou alone art the highest, O Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, to the glory of the Father, Amen.
Men and Women: Amen.