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Feast of Karl Friedrich Lochner (February 25)   Leave a comment

Germany 1648

Above:  Map of Germany in 1648, after the Peace of Westphalia

Scanned from Hammond’s World Atlas–Classics Edition (1957)

As Voltaire explained correctly, the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. 

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KARL FRIEDRICH LOCHNER (APRIL 2, 1634-FEBRUARY 25, 1697)

German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer

Whom should I give my heart’s affection

But Thee, who givest Thine to faith?

Thy fervent love is my protection;

Lord, Thou hast loved me unto death.

My heart with Thine shall ever be

One heart throughout eternity.

–From The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Hymn 404, a composite translation of a Lochner hymn from 1673

Karl Friedrich Lochner was a poet, an academic, and a minister.  He entered the world at Nuremberg, Germany, on April 2, 1634, where his father, Friedrich Lochner (1602-1672/1673), was a municipal official.  Friedrich, also a poet, belonged to the Order of the Society of Pegnitz Shepherds (in short, the Pegnitz Order), devoted to the purification and improvement of the German language.  He rose from the rank of notary public to clerk of the Board of Works to the registrar at the Chancery.  Friedrich also married Florentine Heinrich (before 1620-after 1650), with whom he had eight children–four sons and four daughters.  Our saint was the firstborn son and offspring.

Young Karl Friedrich studied at Breslau, Altdorf, and Rostock before becoming a lecturer in logic and metaphysics at Rostock then at Nuremberg.  Another vocation beckoned, however, so he became a minister.  At first our saint assisted at Worhd then at Furth.  In 1663, after the senior pastor died, Lochner succeeded him in that post.  Our saint held that post for the rest of his life, which ended on February 25, 1697.

Our saint, the husband of Sabina Mayer (1638/1639-1704) from October 28, 1660 until his death and the father of ten children–six sons and four daughters–joined the Pegnitz Order in 1671.  Three years later Sigismund von Birken (1626-1681), Chief Shepherd of the order, presented him with the poet’s wreath.  Lochner’s hymns, some of which exist in English translations, have lasted much longer than that wreath.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 23, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE ALMSGIVER, ROMAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA

THE FEAST OF PHILLIPS BROOKS, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF MASSACHUSETTS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Karl Friedrich Lochner and others, who have written 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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Feast of Sigismund von Birken (June 13)   2 comments

Nuremberg

Above:  Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-00085

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SIGISMUND VON BIRKEN (MAY 5, 1626-JUNE 12, 1681)

German Lutheran Hymn Writer

Sigismund von Birken was a prominent poet.  He entered the world at Wildstein, Bohemia, where his father, Daniel (Betulius) Birken, was the Lutheran pastor.  Our saint and his family had to leave Wildstein in 1629, when Protestant pastors had to flee Bohemia.  The family settled at Nuremberg, Bavaria.  There Sigismund attended the Egiden Gymnasium before studying theology and law at the University of Jena from 1643 to 1645.  He had to drop out of school for financial reasons, so he returned to Nuremberg, having already become a recognized poet.  That year he joined the Pegnitz Order (in full the Order of the Society of Pegnitz Shepherds), devoted to purifying and improving the German language, especially in poetry.

The poet worked on-and-off as a private tutor.  From 1645 to 1646 he tutored the princes of Brunswick-Luneburg at the Wolfenbutte court.  Then our saint traveled for two years, during which he joined the German Rose Society, a prestigious group of poets.  In 1648, at the end of the year, Birken returned to Nuremberg and became a tutor again.

Our saint received honors later in his life.  In 1654 Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III (reigned 1637-1657) made him a nobleman in recognition of his literary ability.  Birken joined the Fruitbearing Society (founded in 1617, with the goal of standardizing vernacular German and promoting it as a literary and scholarly language) in 1658.  Four years later he became the Chief Shepherd of the Pegnitz Order, to which he gave a religious sensibility.

Birken also wrote hymns.  Among those was “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” (1653), which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Birken, devoted to Jesus and quality in language (two excellent causes), died at Nuremberg on June 12, 1681.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 13, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS, FOUNDER OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

THE FEAST OF SAINT HILARY OF POITIERS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HUBERT HUMPHREY, UNITED STATES SENATOR AND VICE PRESIDENT

THE FEAST OF KENTIGERN (MUNGO), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF GLASGOW

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Sigismund von Birken 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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