Feast of Matthias Claudius (August 14)   1 comment

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MATTHIAS CLAUDIUS (AUGUST 15, 1740-JANUARY 21, 1815)

German Lutheran Writer

Life takes circuitous routes sometimes, even leading us to destinations for which we were headed once, but by a different path.  And sometimes our detours away from these original destinations prove useful when we finally arrive at them.  It is as if we are better suited for our tasks at those destinations after we have walked away from them first.  That is grace.

The life of Matthias Claudius (1740-1815) demonstrates this point well.  He, the son of a Lutheran minister, studied at Jena (1759-1763), focusing first on theology then switching his emphasis to law instead.  Our saint’s career path took him into journalism; he edited a newspaper, The Wandsbeck Messenger.  Our saint’s career progressed, but not without frequent monetary problems.  In 1776 he became a commissioner of agriculture and manufactures of Hesse Darmstadt.  Then, the following year, Claudius reverted to Chistianity after a severe illness.  That year, 1777, our saint returned to the editorship of The Wandsbeck Messenger, publishing much religious poetry there.  He was probably in a position to reach more people than if he had become a pastor like his father.  In 1788 our saint accepted an appointment to become auditor at the Schlesswig Holstein bank in Altoona.  Years later, he died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law at Hamburg.

Our saint’s reputation seems to depend primarily upon hymn texts, some of which have entered English hymnody via translations.  Among these texts is “We Plow the Fields and Scatter,” a hymn especially appropriate for harvest time each year.  More broadly, though, the text is one of gratitude for what God has done.  Such a text is a fine legacy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 30, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK OAKELEY, ANGLICAN THEN ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINT BATHILDAS, QUEEN OF FRANCE

THE FEAST OF CHARLES I OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND, KING AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF LESSLIE NEWBIGIN, UNITED REFORMED THEOLOGIAN

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Matthias Claudius 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

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

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

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