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Feast of Wilhelm Heinrich Wauer (June 23)   Leave a comment

Herrnhut 1765

Above:  Herrnhut, 1765

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WILHELM HEINRICH WAUER (JUNE 23, 1826-JANUARY 3, 1902)

German Moravian Composer and Musician

Many careers and jobs are respectable and edifying to the people who hold them and to their communities.  And many of the saints on this, the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, made their lasting spiritual contributions via such careers and jobs.  Others, however, made their lasting spiritual contributions via their hobbies instead.  Wilhelm Heinrich Wauer (1826-1902) was one of these.

Wauer was a resident of Herrnhut, the Moravian headquarters, in Saxony, Germany.  He entered the world there on June 23, 1826, and died there on January 3, 1902.  He spent only two and a half years away from Herrnhut, when attending school at Niesky, Germany.  Our saint’s day job was managing business correspondence in English and Spanish for Abraham Duringer and Company, a manufacturing firm at Herrnhut.  Wauer became so literate in the two languages that he enjoyed reading literature in them.  He also enjoyed studying, singing, and composing music.  Thus he sang in the Herrnhut choir, introduced works of great European composers (especially Felix Mendelssohn, his favorite) to local musicians, and composed songs, cantatas, and an oratorio.

His music has survived him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 9, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PEPIN ON LANDEN, ITTA OF METZ, THEIR RELATIONS, AMAND, AUSTREGISILUS, AND SULPICIUS II OF BOURGES, FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS ACROSS GENERATIONAL LINES

THE FEAST OF SAINT ADRIAN OF CANTERBURY, ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY MARY PUCCI, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

THE FEAST OF JULIA CHESTER EMERY, NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE WOMEN’S AUXILIARY OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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God of grace and glory,

you have given a rich variety of interests and talents to us; thank you.

Thank you for those who have served you and helped their fellow human beings

in their daily lives habitually via their vocations yet most memorably their avocations,

and for those who do so.

May we, reminded of and encouraged in our responsibilities to you and each other by their examples,

continue faithfully in the endeavors you assign us.

In the name of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 38:24-34a

Psalm 33

Romans 14:7-8

Matthew 5:13-16

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROFT, ANGLICAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF JONATHAN MYRICK DANIELS, EPISCOPAL SEMINARIAN AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR

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