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There are around 71,000 Lutherans in Poland, and their biggest concentration is in Śląsk Cieszyński. Lutherans belong to the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession, which derives its name from the declaration of faith performed in 1530 at the Diet of Augsburg.

We will refer to the Reformation initiated in 1517 by Rev. Martin Luther, who called for restoration in the Church and condemned the abuse, sale of indulgences, and many other sins of the clergy. Our basic principles are solum Verbum (only the Word), meaning that the Word of God is the only source of salvation, solus Christus (only the Christ), meaning that Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man, and that only he can be worshipped, not Mary or the saints. Sola Scriptura (only the Scripture) means that the Bible, and not the council of resolutions, is the only source of faith. Sola Gratia (only Grace) tells us that it is God’s Grace, not our deeds, that will grant us salvation. We acknowledge sacraments of baptism and holy communion, and the following holy rites: confirmation, confession (common), and marriage. Our mass consists of the liturgy of the word and liturgy of the communion. There are the six dioceses in Poland, each with a bishop at the top. We belong to the Wrocław diocese.