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Feast of Frederick William Herzberger (August 26)   Leave a comment

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FREDERICK WILLIAM HERZBERGER (OCTOBER 23, 1859-AUGUST 26, 1930)

U.S. Lutheran Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Translator

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Christ is arisen

From death’s painful prison.

Now we rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Kyrieleis.

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All the world had ended

Had Jesus not ascended

From grave and death triumphantly.

For this, Lord Christ, we honor Thee.

Kyrieleis.

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Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Now we rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Kyrieleis.

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Frederick William Herzberger (1859-1930) translated that text.  He, the son of a Lutheran minister, entered the world at Baltimore, Maryland.  At two years of age our saint became an orphan.  This background influenced his adult life.

Herzberger devoted his adult life to evangelism and to humanitarian efforts.  The 1882 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, became a minister of the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States (1847-present), the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States from 1919 to 1948 and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod since 1948.  He founded six congregations in Arkansas then served at Carson, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; and Hammond, Indiana.  Next our saint became the first Missouri Synod city missionary to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1898.  He founded the Society for Homeless Children in 1903 and played a vital role in founding the Lutheran Convalescent Home of St. Louis.  He was also active in the Associated Lutheran Charities (founded in 1901), a social ministry with an emphasis on child welfare.  Herzberger aided other institutions devoted to helping sick and vulnerable children and senior citizens in other states also.  He died at St. Louis on August 26, 1930.

Our saint was also a capable poet, a translator of hymns, and a devotional writer.  Representative volumes included Pilgrim Songs (1888) and The Family Altar (1920).

As our Lord and Savior said in Matthew 25, those who aid the least of his brethren do the same for him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARIE ADOLPHINE DIERKS, ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN, MISSIONARY, AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS SERRANO, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MISSIONARY

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94-1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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