1507, Luther was ordained to the priesthood. When he celebrated his
first Mass, as he held the bread and cup for the first time, he was so
awestruck at the thought of transubstantiation that he almost fainted.
“I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken,” he confessed. “I thought
to myself, ‘Who am I that I should lift up mine eyes or raise my hands
to the divine majesty? For I am dust and ashes and full of sin, and I am
speaking to the living, eternal and true God’” (Luther, cited in Bruce
Shelley, Church History in Plain Language [Nashville: Thomas Nelson,