Feast of Caspar Neumann (January 23)   1 comment

Luther Rose

Above:  The Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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CASPAR NEUMANN (SEPTEMBER 14, 1684-JANUARY 27, 1715)

German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer

Caspar Neumann found his vocation in the ordained ministry and left a legacy in hymnody.

Our saint, a son of Martin Neumann, a tax collector, entered the world at Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland), on September 14, 1648.  He attended the University of Jena from 1667 to 1670, graduating with his M.A. then working as an instructor there.   His ministerial career began in 1673, when Neumann’s ordination took place at the request of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Altenburg (reigned 1672-1675), and became the traveling chaplain to Prince Christian, later the Duke of Saxe-Eisenberg (reigned 1675-1707).  In 1676 Neumann became the Court Preacher at Altenburg.  In December of that year our saint became the diaconus of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Breslau.  His title changed to pastor in 1689.  In February 1697 Neumann began to serve as pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Breslau, professor of theology in town, and inspector of Lutheran schools and churches in the district.  Our saint, a renowned preacher and poet, died at Breslau on January 27, 1715.  He was 66 years old.

Neumann left a literary legacy.  He published Kern aller Gebete (1680 and 1697), a prayer book, and a hymnal, Kirchen-Gesangbuch (1711).  The latter book contained some of our saint’s more than 30 hymns, most of which also appeared in other hymnals from 1700, 1748, 1749, and 1752.  At least six of Neumann’s hymns have English translations.  I have added five of these texts to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Caspar Neumann 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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