Feast of Anders Christensen Arrebo (June 5)   1 comment

Anders Christensen Arrebo

Above:  Anders Christensen Arrebo

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ANDERS CHRISTENSEN ARREBO (JUNE 2, 1587-MARCH 12, 1637)

The Father of Danish Poetry

Anders Christensen Arrebo–Danish Lutheran bishop and liturgist–was the first person to use the Dutch language so artistically that he earned the title “Father of Danish Poetry.”  He also composed hymn texts, by which he came to my attention and has joined the ranks of saints at the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days.

Arrebo, the son of a Lutheran pastor, entered the world at Aereskobing, Denmark, on June 2, 1587.  He followed in this father’s footsteps, becoming a minister also.  Our saint became the court chaplain at Copenhagen at age twenty-two, earned his master’s degree in 1610, then became the palace chaplain at Frederiksberg.  From 1616 to 1618 he minisetered at the Nikolai Church in Copenhagen.  Then, from 1618 to 1622, he served as the Bishop of Trondheim, a position he lost for political reasons.  In 1622-1623, at Malmo, our saint prepared an influential psalter, Kong Davids Psalmen Sangvis Udsat, which went into five editions through 1673.  His final pastorate was at Vordingborg, from 1626 to 1637.

I have added some of Arrebo’s texts in English translation to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Those who care deeply about the texts of worship and produce classics thereof intrigue me.  Such pious attention to the devout worship of God warrants respect and admiration.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 9, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PEPIN ON LANDEN, ITTA OF METZ, THEIR RELATIONS, AMAND, AUSTREGISILUS, AND SULPICIUS II OF BOURGES, FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS ACROSS GENERATIONAL LINES

THE FEAST OF SAINT ADRIAN OF CANTERBURY, ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY MARY PUCCI, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

THE FEAST OF JULIA CHESTER EMERY, NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE WOMEN’S AUXILIARY OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Anders Christensen Arrebo)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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