Feast of Carl Bernhard Garve (June 21)   Leave a comment

Moravian Logo

Above:  The Moravian Logo 

Scanned from the cover of a reprint of J. E. Hutton’s History of the Moravian Church

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CARL BERNHARD GARVE (JANUARY 24, 1763-JUNE 21, 1841)

German Moravian Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer

Carl Bernhard Garve had many talents, which he used for the glory of God and the good of the Moravian Church.  He entered the world at Jeinsen, near Hannover, Germany, on January 24, 1763.  He joined the Unitas Fratrum in 1770 then attended the Moravian schools at Zeist, The Netherlands, and Niesky, Germany.  Garve attended the seminary at Barby, Germany, and became a minister in 1799.  During his ministerial career Garve served congregations in The Netherlands, Germany, and Silesia, taught at the seminary at Barby, and served as the archivist at Zeist.  In 1823 he edited a new edition of Liturgical Hymns.  Two collections of sacred songs–Christliche Gesange (1825) and Brudengesange (1827)–followed.  He retired in 1836.

Garve wrote at least eight hymns.  The Jane Laurie Borthwick (1813-1897) translation of one of them follows:

Alleluia! Jesus lives!

He is now the Living One;

From the gloomy house of death

Forth the Conqueror has gone,

Bright Forerunner to the skies

Of His people, yet to rise.

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Jesus lives! Let all rejoice;

Praise Him, ransomed ones of earth.

Praise Him in a nobler song,

Cherubim of heav’nly birth.

Praise the Victor King, whose sway

Sin and death and hell obey.

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Jesus lives! Why weepest thou?

Why that sad and frequent sigh?

He who died our Brother here

Lives our Brother still on high,

Lives forever to bestow

Blessings on His Church below.

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Jesus lives! And thus, my soul,

Life eternal waits for thee;

Joined to Him, thy living Head,

Where He is thou, too, shalt be;

With Himself, at His right hand,

Victor over death shalt stand.

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Jesus lives! To Him my heart

Draws with ever new delight.

Earthly vanities, depart,

Hinder not my heav’nward flight.

Let this spirit ever rise

To its Magnet in the skies.

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Alleluia! Angels sing!

Join us in our hymn of praise.

Let your chorus swell the strain

Which our feebler voices raise:

Glory to our God above

And on earth His peace and love!

Garve died at Herrnhut on June 21, 1841.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 8, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT THORFINN OF HAMAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF GALILEO GALILEI, SCIENTIST

THE FEAST OF HARRIET BEDELL, EPISCOPAL DEACONESS

THE FEAST OF NATE SAINT AND THE OTHER MARTYRS OF THE ECUADOR MISSION, PROTESTANT MISSIONARIES

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Carl Bernhard Garve 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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