Feast of Abraham Ritter (October 8)   Leave a comment

Philadelphia

Above:  No. 46 to No. 52, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1843

A Daguerreotype by William Mason

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USZC4-9389

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ABRAHAM RITTER (SEPTEMBER 20, 1792-OCTOBER 8, 1860)

U.S. Moravian Merchant, Historian, Musician, and Composer

Abraham Ritter was one of many fine musicians and composers.  of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum).  The lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and member of the Moravian congregation in that city came from a family of the Moravian Church.  He played the organ at his home church for forty-nine years (1811-1860).  Ritter was a merchant by profession, a fact which influenced a book, Philadelphia and Her Merchants:  As Constituted Fifty and Seven Years Ago:  Illustrated by Diagrams of the River Front and Portraits of Some of the Prominent Occupants, Together with Sketches of Character and Incidents and Anecdotes of the Day (1860).

Ritter, the son of Jacob Ritter and Elizabeth Myrtetus Ritter, married Mary Lockton Hardy (September 8, 1810-December 24, 1870), who came from a Lutheran family.  Our saint and his wife had one child, Mary Hendy Ritter (1839-1902), who married Edward Knight Stevenson.

Our saint composed anthems.  One source I consulted indicated that he wrote three anthems for Holy Week.  I found sheet music for one of those, “And Behold There Was a Great Earthquake,” at the website of the Library of Congress.  At that same website I found sheet music for two Christmas anthems, “For Unto Us” and “Glory to God in the Highest.”

Our saint, whose papers are in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, wrote a history of his congregation:  History of the Moravian Church in Philadelphia, from Its Foundation in 1742 to the Present Time, Comprising Notices, Defensive of Its Founder and Patron, Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Together with an Appendix (1857).

Ritter died on October 8, 1860, after a long illness.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 27, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE WASHINGTON DOANE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ANTONY AND THEODOSIUS OF KIEV, FOUNDERS OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MONASTICISM; SAINT BARLAAM OF KIEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ABBOT; AND SAINT STEPHEN OF KIEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ABBOT AND BISHOP

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God of grace and glory,

you have given a rich variety of interests and talents to us; thank you.

Thank you for those who have served you and helped their fellow human beings

in their daily lives habitually via their vocations yet most memorably their avocations,

and for those who do so.

May we, reminded of and encouraged in our responsibilities to you and each other by their examples,

continue faithfully in the endeavors you assign us.

In the name of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 38:24-34a

Psalm 33

Romans 14:7-8

Matthew 5:13-16

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROFT, ANGLICAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF JONATHAN MYRICK DANIELS, EPISCOPAL SEMINARIAN AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR

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