Feast of Edward William Leinbach (July 18)   Leave a comment

Home Moravian Church

Above:  Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Between 1935 and 1938

Photographer = Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-csas-02662

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EDWARD WILLIAM LEINBACH (NOVEMBER 4, 1823-JULY 18, 1901)

U.S. Moravian Musician and Composer

Edward William Leinbach, who spent most of his life in his native Salem, North Carolina, was a renowned orchestrator, composer, performer, and music teacher.  He was also the most influential musician in his hometown during the last half of the nineteenth century.  Leinbach developed his skills and nurtured his talents throughout his life.  At a young age, for example, he studied piano, organ, and cello.  Our saint studied under Henry Kemble Oliver (1800-1885), businessman, humanitarian, educator, civil servant, church organist, and composer of the hymn tune FEDERAL STREET, in Boston, Massachusetts, for a time.  Leinbach, having returned to Salem, North Carolina, became the organist and choir director at Home Moravian Church, organized the Classical Music Society and the Salem Band, and taught music at the Salem Female Academy (now the Salem Academy and College).  During the Civil War he served in the 26th North Carolina Regiment Band.

Our saint, a son of Johann Heinrich Leinbach (1796-1870) and Elizabeth Schneider Leinbach (1796-1865), husband of Anna Elizabeth Clauder Leinbach, and father of Ada Elizabeth Leinbach, Emma Louise Leinbach, and Mary Virginia Leinbach, died at Salem on July 18, 1901.  He was 77 years old.  His life demonstrated the Moravian ethos of service to God and community in efforts extraordinary and mundane, sacred and allegedly secular.

His hymn tunes LEINBACH and CHRIST THE LORD remain in use.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 29, 2016 COMMON ERA

TUESDAY IN EASTER WEEK

THE FEAST OF ERNEST TRICE THOMPSON, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND RENEWER OF THE CHURCH

THE FEAST OF DORA GREENWELL, POET AND DEVOTIONAL WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHN KEBLE, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINTS JONAS AND BARACHISIUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Edward William Leinbach

and all those who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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