Above: Altrossgarten Church, Konigsberg, Germany, 1906
Image Source = Picture Library East Prussia, via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AltrossgaerterKirche.jpg
GEORG WEISSEL (1590-AUGUST 1, 1635)
German Lutheran Pastor and Hymn Writer
Georg Weissel (1590-1635), son of Johann Weissel, a judge at then mayor of Domnau (near Konigsberg, Prussia), wrote at least twenty-three hymns.
Our saint, a pastor, arrived at that destination by a winding path. Weissel studied at the University of Kongisberg from 1608 to 1611 then at Wittenberg, Leipzig, Jena, Strasbourg, Basel, and Marobor. From 1614 to 1617 he served as the Rector of a school at Friedland (near Domnau). Then he resigned to resume theological studies at Konigsberg. Finally, in 1623, our saint became the first pastor of the Altrossgarten Church in that city. His tenure there ended when his life did.
I have added some of Weissel’s hymns (translated into English, of course) to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.
One way of arriving at a sufficient understanding of someone when preparing these posts is to read his or texts. Sometimes certain lines “jump out” at me. Such is the case with regard to “Seek Where Ye May Find a Way,” which Arthur Voss translated in 1938. The beginning of the fourth verse reads:
My heart’s Delight,
My Crown most bright,
Thou, Jesus, art forever.
Nor wealth nor pride
Nor aught beside
Our bond of love shall sever.
That kind of bond is worth seeking, finding, and retaining. And Georg Weissel seems to have had it.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 26, 2014 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS TIMOTHY, TITUS, AND SILAS, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANGELA MERICI, FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY OF SAINT URSULA
THE FEAST OF CHARLES MATHIAS, UNITED STATES SENATOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT PAULA, CONFIDANTE OF SAINT JEROME
Dear God of beauty,
you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to
Georg Weissel and others, who have composed hymn texts.
May we, as you guide us,
find worthy hymn texts to be icons,
through which we see you.
In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK
THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP
THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH