Above: The Logo of the Moravian Church
Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor
JOHANN GOTTFRIED WEBER (OCTOBER 7, 1740-MARCH 30, 1797)
German Moravian Musician, Composer, and Minister
Classical church music has been among the fine legacies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). Johann Gottfried Weber (1740-1797) contributed to that legacy. Weber, born at Herrnhut, came from a family of the Moravian Church. He learned his father’s trade, weaving, as well as music. Our saint, who joined the Moravian Church in 1754, served as a church organist from 1766 to 1785. He served in that capacity at the following places:
- Kleinwalka, Saxony (1766-1769);
- Neudietendorf, Saxony (1769-1772);
- Herrnhut, Saxony (1772-1785).
He became an ordained minister in 1785, serving at Barby, Saxony, then at Gothenburg, Sweden, before returning to Herrnhut in 1788.
Weber composed music also. He wrote many anthems plus eight sonatas for two trumpets and two trombones. He sent copies of the sheet music of the sonatas from Herrnhut to Salem, North Carolina, in 1785.
Weber died at Gnadau, Saxony, on March 30, 1797.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 26, 2015 COMMON ERA
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
THE FEAST OF SAINTS REMACLUS OF MAASTRICHT, THEODORE OF MAASTRICHT, LAMBERT OF MAASTRICHT, HUBERT OF MAASTRICHT AND LIEGE, AND FLORIBERT OF LIEGE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT LANDRADA OF MUNSTERBILSEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND SAINTS OTGER OF OF UTRECHT, PLECHELM OF GUELDERLAND, AND WIRO, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES
THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT
THE FEAST OF ROBERT HUNT, FIRST ANGLICAN CHAPLAIN AT JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA
Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:
We bless your name for inspiring Johann Gottfried Weber
and all those who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:14b-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
John 21:15-17, 24-25
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728