1493–1552
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Jan­u­a­ry 6, 1493, Öre­bro, Swe­den.

Ap­ril 19, 1552, Stock­holm, Swe­den.

Great Church, Stock­holm, Swe­den.

A leader of Swed­ish Lu­ther­an­ism, Olav­us and his brother Laur­en­ti­us studied at Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny, and were influenced by Mar­tin Lu­ther.

After Sweden received independence from Den­mark, King Gus­tav­us Va­sa made Olav­us a pastor and city councilman in Stock­holm. However, the king wanted to control the church, and was often in conflict with Petri; the king even went so far as to condemn Petri to death, but later pardoned him.

Petri’s works include Swedish translations of the New Testament and the Latin mass, and a catechism.

  1. Jesus du är vår salighet
  2. Nu kommen är vår påskafröjd
  3. Now Hail We Our Redeemer
  4. Thou, Jesus Christ, Didst Man Become