Feast of Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson (June 4)   1 comment

Decorah, Iowa, 1870

Above:  Decorah, Iowa, 1870

Image Source = Library of Congress

Digital ID = g4154d pm002110

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OLE T. (SANDEN) ARNESON (MAY 4, 1853-JUNE 3, 1917)

U.S. Norwegian Lutheran Hymn Translator

Among the joys of collecting hymnals from a variety of denominations is encountering a range of hymnodies.  One name which recurs in certain Lutheran hymnals is Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson (1853-1917).

Our saint, the son of farmers Tollef Arneson and Margrete Olson Radringen Sanden, entered the world at Highlandville, Iowa, on May 4, 1853.  He, raised a Lutheran, attended public schools then Winona Normal School, Winona, Minnesota, graduating on December 31, 1871.  He taught in various places from 1872 to 1876, worked as a Principal at Spring Grove, Minnesota, from 1876 to 1879, and taught at Hatton, North Dakota, from 1879 to 1886.  In 1886 our saint moved to Decorah, Iowa, where he worked as a mailing clerk for about a year.  Then, in 1887, he commenced a seventeen-year career as a shipping clerk at the Lutheran Publishing House, Decorah, from which the Synod of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (SNELCA) (1853-1917) distributed religious publications.  In 1904 Arneson and his family–wife Inger Tobiason Arneson (since July 7, 1877) and those of their nine children who remained in the proverbial nest–relocated to Chicago, Illinois.  There our saint and his family attended St. John’s Norwegian Lutheran Church.  He served as the congregational secretary and taught Sunday School as of 1905.  Arneson worked as the manager of the book department at Skandinaven (1866-1941), a Norwegian language newspaper.

Our saint translated texts (including hymns) from Danish and Norwegian into English.  I have added some of these to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Arneson died on June 3, 1917.  His translations, however, remain as a reminder of his faith and literary ability.

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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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson and others, who have translated 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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