Feast of Frederick William Foster (August 4)   2 comments

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FREDERICK WILLIAM FOSTER (AUGUST 1, 1760-APRIL 12, 1835)

English Moravian Bishop, Liturgist, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

Frederick William Foster was a skilled writer and translator of hymns.  As one source I consulted informed me, his hymn translations were standard for more than a century.  I have added some of his texts, both original and translated from others, to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Foster entered the world at Bradford, England, on August 1, 1760.  He attended the Moravian school at Fulneck, England, before studying at the theological seminary at Barby, Saxony.  His ministerial career started in 1781, when he became the assistant minister at Fulneck.  Foster served in several locations within the British Province and became a bishop in 1818.  He edited A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren (1801), its Supplement (1808) and therefore the composite 1809 volume, and the revised Collection (1826).  He was also the father-in-law of Peter LaTrobe (1795-1863), an English Moravian bishop and composer.

Foster wrote the following Sabbath hymn in 1808:

This day is holy to the Lord,

This day the Lord hath made;

We will rejoice with one accord,

And in His Name be glad.

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Come let us worship and bow down,

With thanks appear before His throne;

He to our songs of praise and prayer

Will lend a gracious ear.

Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), Hymn #386

Bishop Foster died at Ockbrook, near Danby, England, on April 12, 1835.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 7, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MOSES, APOSTLE TO THE SARACENS

THE FEAST OF SAINT BLAISE OF SEBASTE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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

thank you for those (especially Frederick William Foster)

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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