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This beautiful four-color fraktur poster is 18 x 15
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Commissioned by the Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church, this beautiful four-color fraktur commemorates the birth of Menno Simons 500 years ago. Accomplished fraktur artist Roma J. Ruth, Harleysville, Pa., has created this memento featuring Menno's life and ministry. The text was chosen by John L. Ruth, historian, writer, filmmaker and storyteller.
Prominently featured is a 1552 quotation from Menno on Jesus Christ as the "Prince of Peace," who calls us to "speak peace . . . and walk in the way of peace." The border contains Menno's favorite scripture--"No other foundation can be laid than the one which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 3:11)--in four languages: Dutch, German, English and Spanish
Use this as an occasion to plan a Sunday morning service on the theme of Jesus as the Prince of Peace, for whom Menno Simons and thousands of others were willing to risk their lives. The story of Menno can be told as an illustration of a faithful follower of Jesus and as a committed shepherd of God's people. The fraktur can serve as a visual aid teaching tool.
Fraktur is a form of German calligraphic folk art that flourished
among early schoolteachers in Pennsylvania communities. Living
in the Mennonite community and congregation of Christopher Dock,
one of fraktur's best-known practitioners, Roma J.
Having created nearly 250 citations, certificates, rewards
and posters in fraktur style for over two decades, artist Roma
J. Ruth has generally held close to actual surviving models from
the rich Mennonite traditions of Montgomery and Bucks Counties
This commemorative fraktur is a spiritual reminder linking the 16th-century beginnings of Anabaptism via a Mennonite folk tradition of the eighteenth century with present-day needs for spiritual identity and inspiration. The keynote of the main quotation from Menno's writings is his Christian vision of peace -- a concern that has followed Mennonites around the globe.
Born in 1496 at Pingjum in Friesland, just north of the Province of Holland, Menno, son of Simon was ordained a priest, probably in the Norbertine Order at Utrecht, in 1524 at the age of 28.
To his dismay, an inner questioning of his understanding of faith led him to search the Scriptures, and to conclude that they called for voluntary adult baptism for those who would follow Christ. He chose to be baptized upon confession of faith in 1536.
Fanatic and violent excesses of early Anabaptists led him
to the deep conviction that Christians must relinquish all use
of force. At the plea of Anabaptists in northern