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Flag of the Kingdom of Bohemia

Above:  The Flag of the Kingdom of Bohemia

Image in the Public Domain

John Augusta (1500-1572) was an influential bishop of the Moravian Church.

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How Blest and Lovely/O Lord, How Lovely:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/how-blest-and-lovelyo-lord-how-lovely/

How Shall We Thank You:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/how-shall-we-thank-you/

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Posted May 29, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources A

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Crucifix III July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 2015

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Moravian Book of Worship (1995), Moravian Church in America

Original Czech Text (1541) by John Augusta (1500-1572)

English Translation (1989; copyright 1991) by Jaroslav Jan Vajda (1919-2008)

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1.  How shall we thank you,

Christ, our Lord, for holy life and blood outpoured?

Who else assumed our debt and death,

who else deserves our trust and faith?

2.  Your dying cleansed the world of sin,

and all who die with you are clean,

washed in your blood, we lose our stains,

and with your cross you break our chains.

3.  Your willing death upon the cross

has earned God’s priceless gift for us;

the Spirit by whose pow’r we

kill our pride and do our Father’s will.

4.  The life you lived you lived that

we might live that life eternally;

your eager Spirit shows us

how we can enjoy it even now.

5.  How shall we praise you, Christ our Lord,

for holy life and blood outpoured?

Who else assumed our debt and death,

who else deserves our trust and faith?

How Blest and Lovely/O Lord, How Lovely   2 comments

Church of the Ascension

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, May 10, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Czech Text by John Augusta (1500-1572), a bishop of the Moravian Church who spent 1548-1564 as a political prisoner falsely accused of leading a rebellion he actually had opposed

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

Anonymous English Translation

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1.  How blest and lovely Thy earthly dwellings are,

Wherein assemble Thy Christian people dear,

O God our Lord, Thy praises to record.

2.  One day is better, if spent Thy courts within,

Than thousand others of pleasurable sin;

Thy holy will, oh help us to fulfill.

3.  Preserve for ever our sacred liberty,

As conscience prompts us, to meet and worship Thee,

To thank and praise Thee for Thy word of grace.

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

English Translation (1966) by Ewald Valentin Nolte (1909-1991)

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1.  O Lord, how lovely

Are Thy habitations,

Where Thy holy

People of all nations

Praise Thee,

Songs eternal raise Thee.

2.  Each day before Thee

Is a wondrous blessing.

We implore Thee

Keep us from transgressing.

Guide us,

Be Thou e’er beside us.

3.  Help us defend our

Freedom to assemble;

Lord, attend our

Prayer within Thy temple.

May we

Through Thy Word obey Thee.

4.  Dear Lord, accept us,

For we trust Thee solely.

Thou hast kept us

In Thy presence holy.

Saviour,

Thine we are forever.