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Above:  Johannes de Watteville

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Johanness Langguth de Watteville (1718-1788), born Johann Michael Langguth, became a leading figure in the Renewed Moravian Church.  He met Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf (1727-1752), son of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), at college then joined the Moravian Church.  Langguth/Watteville became the secretary to the Count, the leader of the denomination.  On May 20, 1746, at Zeist, Holland, Watteville married the Count’s daughter, Benigna (1725-1789).  Then, on June 4, 1747, Watteville became a Moravian bishop.  As bishop he traveled the world widely, visiting Moravian Church settlements in Europe and the Americas, in the company of Benigna, who played an active role in the work of the Church.  In 1760 Watteville succeeded Zinzendorf as the leader of the Renewed Moravian Church.

Watteville started the Moravian tradition of Christingle in 1747.  That Christmas he gave every child in his church a candle wrapped in a red ribbon bearing the text translated into English as

Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these dear children’s hearts.


Lord Jesus, With Thy Presence Bless:

Jesus, Thyself to Us Reveal:

The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ:


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Above:  St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, Georgia, June 12, 2016

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text by Johannes de Watteville (1718-1788)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The love of God so highly prized,

The Holy Ghost’s communion be

With all of us most sensibly.

Lord Jesus, With Thy Presence Bless   1 comment

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Above:  Ordination of Priests, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 2016

Image Source = Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Text by Johannes de Watteville (1718-1788)

English Translation (1789)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969)


Lord Jesus, with Thy presence bless,

By land and sea, Thy witnesses;

In every danger them defend,

In every trial prove their friend.


O may Thy Word in Christendom

Be blest and may Thy Kingdom come;

And may Thy servants joyful bring

New spoils, each day, to Thee, their King.


Thy thoughts of peace o’er us fulfill,

Incline our hearts to do Thy will,

Thy Gospel make more fully known,

May all the world Thy goodness own.

Jesus, Thyself To Us Reveal   3 comments


Above:  Christ the Merciful

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Stanza #1 (1742) by Johannes de Watteville (1742); Translated by an anonymous Moravian in 1746

Stanza #2 (1697) by Joachim Lange (1670-1742); Translated (1789) by John Swertner (1746-1813), altered

Stanza #3 (1738) by Anna Nitschmann (1715-1760); Translated (1789) by John Swertner

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969), Moravian Church in America

The Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923) attributes the entire hymn to Bishop Johannes de Watteville.


1.  Jesus, Thyself to us reveal,

Grant that we may not only feel

Some drawings of Thy grace,

But in communion with Thee live,

And daily from Thy death derive

The needful strength to run our race.

2.  O let us think Thee always near,

As is the light that shines so clear,

Or as the air we breathe;

In all our thoughts, our words and ways,

Thus may our lives show forth Thy praise,

Our hearts be freed from things beneath.

3.  Jesus, Thou fain wouldst have us be

In all things more conformed to Thee;

We’re filled with conscious shame,

And thank Thee for Thy care and love;

Thy patience, which we richly prove,

Our heartfelt gratitude doth claim.