Feast of Henriette Luise von Hayn (August 30)   1 comment

Herrnhut 1765

Above:  Herrnhut, 1765

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HENRIETTE LUISE VON HAYN (MAY 22, 1724-AUGUST 27, 1782)

German Moravian Hymn Writer

Henriette Luise von Hayn, daughter of Georg Heinrich von Hayn, master of the hounds to the Duke of Nassau, entered the world at Idstein, Nassau, on May 22, 1724.  She joined the Moravian Church in 1742.  Our saint taught at the girls’ school at Herrnhaag then at Gross Hennersdorf.  From 1766 to 1782 she cared for the invalid sisters at Herrnhut, the Moravian headquarters in Saxony.

Hayn contributed forty hymns to the Bruder Gesangbuch (1778).  Only one hymn she wrote exists in English translations, however.  The Frederick William Foster (1760-1835) translation from 1789, as I found it in the Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923) follows:

Jesus makes my heart rejoice,

I’m His sheep, and know His voice;

He’s a Shepherd, kind and gracious,

And His pastures are delicious;

Constant love to me He shows,

Yea, my very name He knows.

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Trusting His mild staff always,

I go in and out in peace;

He will feed me with the treasure

Of His grace in richest measure,

When athirst to Him I cry,

Living water He’ll supply.

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Should not I for gladness leap,

Led by Jesus as His sheep?

For when these blest days are over,

To the arms of my dear Saviour

I shall be conveyed to rest:

Amen, yea, my lot is blest.

The composite translation from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) follows:

I am Jesus’ little lamb,

Ever glad at heart I am;

For my Shepherd gently guides me,

Knows my need, and well provides me,

Loves me ev’ry day the same,

Even calls me by name.

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Day by day, at home away,

Jesus is my Staff and Stay.

When I hunger, Jesus feeds me,

Into pleasant pastures leads me;

When I thirst, He bids me go

Where the quite waters flow.

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Why so happy as I am,

Even now the Shepherd’s lamb?

And when my short life is ended,

By His angel host attended,

He shall fold me to His breast,

There within His arms to rest.

Hayn died at Herrnhut on August 27, 1782.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARIE ADOLPHINE DIERKS, ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN, MISSIONARY, AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS SERRANO, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MISSIONARY

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Henriette Luise von Hayn 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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