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From: Wittenberg, Germany

English-language church services in Wittenberg sign

ABOVE: The Fronleichnamskapelle during a weekday devotional service in English. (The sign invites passersby to "Help us sing A Mighty Fortress.")

English-language church services

The Wittenberg English Ministry has been bringing American, British, Australian, and other English-speaking Lutheran pastors to Wittenberg for two-week tours of duty since 1997.

The ministry offers English-language services in either the Schlosskirche or Stadtkirche on Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and half-hour devotional services in the Fronleichnamskapelle or Corpus Christi Chapel at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. (The program runs from May through October.)

During my visit, the pastor in residence was a native of Hopkins, Minnesota who now preaches in Arizona. He told me that he'd applied for a visiting pastor's slot five years ago, so the program is obviously a big draw for Lutheran clergy along with the several thousand worshippers from six continents who attend services each year.

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