Feast of Kristen Kvamme (January 14)   1 comment

Decorah

Above:  Panorama View of Decorah, Iowa, 1908

Image Source = Library of Congress

Copyright Claimant = Brunt & Parman, Decorah, Iowa

H116196–U.S. Copyright Office

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KRISTEN ROLVSON KVAMME (FEBRUARY 17, 1866-JANUARY 14, 1938)

Norwegian-American Hymn Writer and Translator

Information about Kristen Rolvson Kvamme was difficult to fine.  I did learn enough, however, to construct a skeletal account of his life.  Our saint entered the world at Lom, Norway, on February 17, 1866.  His parents were Rolf Gabrielsen Kvamme and Toro Kristendutter Sygard Kvamme.  He emigrated to the United States of America in 1882, at the age of sixteen.  He worked for a few years before attending St. Ansgar Academy, St. Ansgar, Iowa.  Our saint also studied at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa (1888-1894), taught there for two years, studied at Luther Seminary, also in Decorah, graduating in 1899.

Kvamme, the husband of the Swedish-born Carolina Maria Kvamme (1873-1965) and the father of three daughters and two sons, was a minister of the Synod of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1853-1917).  He served at congregations in New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Ossian, Iowa; in order.  From 1913 to his death our saint edited Sunday School papers.

Kvamme also wrote and translated hymns.  The only such text I have located is a 1904 translation, “Praise to Thee and Adoration,” to which he contributed and I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Kvamme died at Ossian, Iowa, on January 14, 1938.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 18, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Kristen Kvamme and others, who have composed and 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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