Feast of Karl Otto Eberhardt (August 31)   Leave a comment

Seraphim

Above:  The Hymn Tune “Serpahim,” from the Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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KARL OTTO EBERHARDT (AUGUST 31, 1714-DECEMBER 16, 1757)

German Moravian Organist, Music Educator, and Composer

Available information about Karl Otto Eberhardt (1714-1757) seems to be scarce.  He entered the world on August 31, 1714.  Eberhardt’s father was a Lutheran teacher and organist.  Our saint’s first music lessons occurred at home; perhaps his father provided them.  Eberhardt joined the Moravian Church in 1740.  From 1756 to his death the following year he served as an organist and a teacher at Herrnhut, the Moravian headquarters in Saxony.  His musical legacy, as far as I can determine, rests upon “Seraphim,” a hymn tune dated to 1746 and used in Moravian hymnals for centuries, down to today.

The ideal of Moravian musicianship was to build up the community of faith and to glorify God.  Eberhardt succeeded in that goal.

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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Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness:

You have shown us the splendor of creation

in the work of your servant Karl Otto Eberhardt.

Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder,

that our eyes may behold your glory,

and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness

of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.  

Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8

2 Chronicles 20:20-21 or Psalm 96

Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 4:8-9

Matthew 13:44-52

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (1996), page 61

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