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The Luther Rose

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Published November 7th 2021
A significant symbol of Hahndorf
The Luther Rose


The Luther Rose is a significant symbol to the township of Hahndorf. Hahndorf's first settlers came from Prussia and with them came their Lutheran faith.

Alec Johnston Park


You can see the Luther Rose at the base of a water feature in the Alec Johnston Park on the main street of Hahndorf. You might ask what does the rose symbolises.

Martin Luther


Many of you would have heard of Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant faith who famously nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in his hometown in Wittenberg, Germany. We had the opportunity to visit this town a few years ago.

Door of Castle Church


Wittenberg, Germany


In those days politicians, theologians and people who hold public offices had a personal seal. As Luther became increasingly popular with his many writings and publications, the printers wanted to put a personal mark on his publications, so they asked Luther to come up with a seal that represents his faith.

St Paul's Lutheran Church, Hahndorf


Luther wanted a black cross in a heart that would remind him of his faith in the Crucified Christ. Though the black cross modifies and causes pain, it still leaves the heart in its natural colour as it does not kill but keeps alive. The heart would stand in the middle of a white rose to show that faith gives joy, comfort and peace. The rose is to be white as the colour symbolises spirits and angels. The rose would then stand in a sky-blue coloured field symbolising joy in heaven. Around the field is a golden ring symbolising eternal blessedness in heaven. Gold is the most costly and precious metal as is the exquisite heavenly blessedness.

Luther Rose carvings on pulpit


Carvings of the Luther Rose can also be seen on the pulpit of St Paul's Lutheran Church on the main street of Hahndorf. Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest Lutheran churches in Australia.
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