Internationale Martin Luther Stiftung

The daily Luther

21st May

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

The lion and the parrot window

The picture shows an excerpt from the impressive “lion and parrot window“ in the choir of St Augustine’s church, Erfurt, the former monastic church of Martin Luther. This window was created between 1300 and 1320 and is composed of elements used in the religious symbolism of the Middle Ages.

The lion and the parrot window is full of pairs of animals and various flowers and plants. The lilies and the roses symbolise the purity of Mary. The parrots reminded the monks to repeat the words of the Apostles without adding or subtracting anything. The lions and vines in the window refer directly to Christ as the lion of Judah and being as fruitful as the vine.

Martin Luther lived as a monk at St Augustine’s monastary in Erfurt from 17th July 1505 until autumn 1511. He would have had this window in front of him each time he prayed, which would have been at least seven times every day.

Luther’s coat-of-arms: the Luther Rose

From Erfurt Martin Luther went to Wittemberg, and when he became a professor he chose the rose from St Augustine’s as the central theme for his coat-of-arms. He set a red heart in the centre and emblazoned it with a black cross – what we now call the Luther Rose. Later this symbol was adopted by many Lutheran churches and other Lutheran institutions around the world.

LutherRose for social responsibility and EntrepreneurialCourage


The International Martin Luther Foundation continues this tradition by awarding the LutherRose to individuals from the world of business, who through their private life and professional activities have used the reformatory traditions of freedom and responsibility for the common good.