Feast of Bartholomaus Helder (October 26)   1 comment

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BARTHOLOMAUS HELDER (CIRCA 1585-OCTOBER 28, 1635)

German Lutheran Minister, Composer, and Hymn Writer

The series of short posts about German Lutheran hymn writers continues with this entry about Bartholomaus Helder.

Helder was a distinguished composer and hymn writer.  The native of Gotha, in Thuringia, was a son of Johann Helder, the Lutheran superintendent there circa 1585.  By 1607 our saint had completed his formal education.  That year he became a schoolmaster at Friemar, near Gotha.  Nine years later, in 1616, he became pastor at Remstadt, also near Gotha.  There he remained for the rest of his life, dying of the plague, on October 28, 1635.  He left behind hymns and hymn tunes.  Helder had published two collections of hymns, Cymbalum Genethliacum (1615) and Cymbalum Davidicum (1620).  Cantionale Sacrum (1646) included fifty of his texts, a hymn for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24).  Helder also composed at least three hymn tunes.  Sources I consulted indicate that little of his work has entered English-language hymnals.  That is unfortunate, based on the quality of Helder’s work that I have encountered.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 15, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE FIRST U.S. PRESBYTERIAN BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP, 1906

THE FEAST OF JOHN ARMSTRONG, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH ARMITAGE ROBINSON, ANGLICAN DEAN, SCHOLAR, AND HYMN WRITER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Bartholomaus Helder 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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