Feast of Cyriacus Schneegass (October 22)   1 comment

Holy Roman Empire 1559

Above:  Holy Roman Empire, 1559

Image Source = Hammond’s World Atlas–Classics Edition (1967)

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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CYRIACUS SCHNEEGASS (OCTOBER 5, 1546-OCTOBER 23, 1597)

German Lutheran Minister, Musician, and Hymn Writer

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His hymns reflect his character, setting forth the leading ideas of the festivals of the Christian year.

–W. G. Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second and Revised Edition (1942), page 576

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Little information about Cyriacus Schneegass (1546-1597) was available to me.  The native of Buffleben, near Gotha, in Thuringia, earned his M.A. at the University of Jena.  From 1773 to 1797 our saint served as then pastor of St. Blasius Church, Friedrichroda, near Gotha.  For a time he also held the post of adjunct to the Superintendent of Weimar.  In that capacity Schneegass signed the Formula of Concord (1577) in 1579.  Our saint, a conscientious pastor and a skilled musician, encouraged the love of music in his parish.  Only two of his hymns–one for Christmas, the other for New Year–have passed into English.  Schneegass died at Friedrichroda on October 23, 1597.

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

Cyriacus Schneegass 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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