Saturday, October 30, 2010

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (The Word of the Lord Endures Forever) is the motto of the Lutheran Reformation, a confident expression of the enduring power and authority of God’s Word. The motto is based on 1 Peter 1:24-25. It first appeared in the court of Frederick the Wise in 1522. He had it sewn onto the right sleeve of the court’s official clothing, which was worn by prince and servant alike. It was used by Frederick’s successors, his brother John the Steadfast, and his nephew John Frederick the Magnanimous. It became the official motto of the Smalcaldic League and was used on flags, banners, swords, and uniforms as a symbol of the unity of the Lutheran laity who struggled to defend their beliefs, communities, families and lives against those who were intent on destroying them.


  1. Thank you for posting this information about the "VDMA" symbol. It is one of my favorites.
    Since I am always looking for more on the history surrounding it, I am wondering if you know where I could go to find more?
    Also, thank you for creating and maintaining this blog! We certainly need more Confessional Christian voices out there. God bless you in your work!

    N. Patterson

  2. Mr Patterson:

    Thank you for your kind words and readership. The "VDMA" carries with it such a rich and moving history, it is a shame that it is relatively ignored in our present-day Lutheran Church.

    One of my favorite Lutheran blogs is Confessional Bytes. The link is listed in the margin.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!