Feast of Georg Gottfried Muller (May 22)   Leave a comment

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Above:  Lititz Moravian Church, Lititz, Pennsylvania, November 1942

Photographer = Marjory Collins

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-011809-D

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GEORG GOTTFRIED MULLER (MAY 22, 1762-MARCH 19, 1821)

German-American Moravian Minister and Composer

Georg Gottfried Muller came from a devout Moravian family.  His father was Bishop Buchard Muller.  Our saint entered the world at Gross Hennersdorf, near Herrnhut, Saxony, the Moravian headquarters.  He attended school at Barby before emigrating to the nascent United States of America in 1784.  There he spent the rest of his life–about thirty-six years.

Muller’s American life started with him teaching at the boys’ school and the collegium musicum at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, from 1785 to 1788.  Next he taught at Lititz, Pennsylvania, where he led the collegium musicum.  Muller, the husband of Johanna Levering of Jamaica, served next at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Then, from 1805 to 1814, he served churches at Beersheba and Gnadenhutten, Ohio.  Subsequent pastorates were in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newport, Rhode Island.  Bad health forced his retirement in 1819.  Muller spent his last two years at Lititz, where he died of consumption on March 19, 1821.

Muller also composed anthems for use in churches.  Among these musical works were “You Are Precious to Him” and “Lamb of God, Thou Shalt Remain Forever.”

I have taken notes on some prospective additions to the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, only to reject many of them due to the dearth of available information because I have no interest in writing a host of blurbs.  In fact, I rejected two otherwise fine candidates yesterday for this reason.  Thus I rejoice that I found enough information about Georg Gottfried Mulller to add him to the Calendar.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS (TRANSFERRED)

THE FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS BECKET, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

THE FEAST OF JOSIAH CONDER, ENGLISH ABOLITIONIST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF AUSTIN FARRER, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF JOHN BURNETT MORRIS, SR., EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

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Heavenly Father, shepherd of your people,

we thank you for your servant Georg Gottfried Muller,

who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock.

We pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life,

we may by your grace attain our full maturity in Christ,

through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

–Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21

John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47

–After Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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