Above: The Logo of the Moravian Church
Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor
CHRISTIAN LUDWIG BRAU (OCTOBER 10, 1746-FEBRUARY 17, 1777)
Norwegian Moravian Teacher and Poet
Christian Ludwig Brau lived for thirty years, during which he served and glorified God. The native of Drammen, Norway, attended Moravian Church schools in Germany and The Netherlands. His ambition was to become a missionary to slaves in the West Indies, but bad health prevented that. Brau became a teacher in Moravian Church schools instead. The schools in which he taught included those in Gnadau, Saxony, and Zeist, The Netherlands. Health forced our saint to give up teaching in 1776. He retired to Barby, Saxony, to recuperate. There Brau died on February 17, 1777.
Brau left at least two legacies. The first was the one which teachers live in the lives of their students. That legacy echoes, often without acknowledgment, for generations. The other legacy was liturgical. He composed texts for church anthems. Two of those have entered the English-speaking part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in translation as “Night of Holy, Highest Worth” and “Unto Jesus’ Cross.”
Brau might have been, health permitting, an effective missionary. We will never know, for that scenario resides in the realm of the counterfactual. We do know, however, that he spent his time on the Earth for the glory of God via the Church while staying closer to home.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MAY 1, 2015 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES, APOSTLES AND MARTYRS
O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom,
to others the word of knowledge,
and to others the word of faith:
We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested
in your servant Christian Ludwig Brau,
and we pray that the Church may never be destitute of such gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-14
1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 720
This is post #1400 of SUNDRY THOUGHTS.