Above: St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany
JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN (JANUARY 20, 1586-NOVEMBER 19, 1630)
German Lutheran Composer
Johann Hermann Schein, born at Grunnhaim, Saxony, was the son of a Lutheran pastor. Our saint studied music, theology, and philosophy. He sang in the choir at the Elector of Saxony’s chapel for four years. Then our saint took private tutoring for years. Then, from 1613 to 1615, he served as Music Director for the court of Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. Finally, in 1615, our saint became the Cantor of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. He, among the greatest composers of his age, wrote much beautiful music, including church chorales and motets. And he edited a great and famous hymnal, Cantional (1627).
The public worship of God is a matter to take seriously and to do as well as one can. Johann Hermann Schein understood this well and acted accordingly.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JUNE 25, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 1957
THE FEAST OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, POET AND NOVELIST
THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT; AND SAINT JOHN OF MATERA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT
Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:
We bless your name for inspiring Johann Hermann Schein
and all who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:14b-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
John 21:15-17, 24-25
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728