Feast of Johann Rudolph Ahle and Johann Georg Ahle (July 9)   Leave a comment

Europe 1648

Above:  Europe in 1648

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JOHANN RUDOLPH AHLE (DECEMBER 24, 1625-JULY 9, 1673)

German Lutheran Organist and Composer

father of

JOHANN GEORG AHLE (JUNE 1650-DECEMBER 2, 1706)

German Lutheran Organist and Composer

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Today I add a father and his son to the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days.

Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625-1673) studied theology at the University of Erfurt from 1645 to 1649.  He spent most of his life in his native Muhlhausen, where he played the organ at St. Blasius Church for many years, served on the town council (starting in 1656) and became mayor (in 1661).  He was a prolific composer, writing mostly for the Lutheran Church.  He composed more vocal works than anything else, but he also wrote approximately sixty works for the organ.  Some of his tunes sunk so deeply into the culture of his homeland that, in the next century, when Johann Sebastian Bach quoted them in cantatas, people in the audience recognized them easily.

Little information about Johann Georg Ahle (1650-1706) survives.  We do know that he followed in his father’s footsteps, serving as the organist at St. Blasius Church and sitting on the town council of Muhlhausen.  Johann Georg also composed aria and other works, almost all of which are lost.  Johann Georg did have the honor of serving as imperial Poet Laureate during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (reigned 1658-1705).  And Johann Georg wrote hymns, now lost.  I would not even add him to the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days if not for his father, for I would have too little information to write a post just about him.  Yet I feel confident in doing this.  God knows all the details; that will have to suffice.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 18, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MALTBIE DAVENPORT BABCOCK, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ERIK IX OF SWEDEN, KING AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN I, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF TAMIHANA TE RAUPARAHA, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses:

Grant that we, encouraged by your servants Johann Rudolph Ahle and Johann Georg Ahle,

may persevere in running the race that is set before us,

until at last we may attain to your eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 15

Hebrews 12:1-2

Matthew 25:31-40

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 724

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