Elisabeth Cruciger (c. 1500–1535) was the first female poet and hymnwriter of the Lutheran Reformation—and in this Reformation-themed episode, Sarah tells her story.
From her early vows as nun in a Premonstratensian cloister to her introduction to Luther’s teaching through Johannes Bugenhagen, from her marriage to Wittenberg theologian Caspar Cruciger to her close, personal friendship with Martin and Katharina Luther, Elisabeth Cruciger’s life and faith were anchored in the Christ-centered theology of the Lutheran Reformation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the single surviving hymn attributed to her, “The Only Son from Heaven” (LSB 402), in which her faith, theological acumen, and poetic creativity are all fully on display.
Hymn stanza from “The Only Son from Heaven” (LSB 402) setting © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission.
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