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Protestant Reformation exhibition at Linen Hall

By Staff Reporter

An exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has officially opened at Belfast's Linen Hall Library.

The display of memorabilia and literature relating to Martin Luther, open to the public throughout October, is the highlight of a programme of events organised by the Orange Order to commemorate the evangelical milestone.

The exhibition contains a number of historical pieces, including two extremely rare books provided by the library. They are Luther's Divine Discourses, dated 1652, translated from German to English and Luther, a play by John Osborne first performed in Paris in 1961.

The theological display was officially opened by Belfast's High Sheriff, Alderman Tom Haire.

Orange Grand Chaplain, Rev Dr Ron Johnstone, said the purpose of the presentation was to aid a greater understanding of Luther and the legacy of the Reformation.

He said: "One cannot understand the modern benefits enjoyed in Belfast politically, educationally, scientifically, religiously, musically, socially and linguistically without recognising the influence of Luther upon our everyday life."

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and on Saturday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

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