C. F. W. Walther – Altenburg Communion Chalice

C. F. W. Walther – Altenburg Communion Chalice

This October, Concordia Publishing House, as the official publishing arm of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr. C. F. W. Walther (1811 – 2011), one of the most influential leaders in the church body’s history. Walther’s unwavering dedication to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions made him a vital leader in shaping the early church, which now consists of more than 2.3 million baptized members and 6,200 congregations. As his publisher, CPH is proud to take part in this year’s bicentennial celebration to preserve his legacy, celebrate his struggles and honor the sacrifices made by him and so many early Lutherans that by God’s grace grew into a church founded on scripture alone.


  1. 007TruthSeeker on November 24, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for posting this video. I’ve attended that old Trinity Lutheran church many times, so I’m familiar with that chalice, though I’ve never communed with it. That church is really something to behold after all the renovations, and I still have lots of friends and relatives who attend. Everyone should visit and take a look at the church and the museum next door. Say "Hi!" to Aunt Caroline if you go! She’ll be at the museum. :o)

  2. Charles Schaum on November 24, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    The Polish and Albertine Saxon crowns were in personal union from 1697 through much of the 1700s, at the end of which Poland was partitioned among Austria, Russia, and Prussia. This brought many Polish connections to Saxony and likely enabled the chalice to come into Saxon hands. People like F.A. Marbach had the ear of nobles at the Saxon court via Count von Einsiedel and others. This was probably a marriage gift to a family of lesser nobility, who in turn gave the gift to the Saxons.

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