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Our Lamb has Conquered: Let Us Follow Him – on the Moravian Church visit today [blog]


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I was in Christiansfeld today, in central Jutland, Denmark, and there visited a Moravian church. It is an interesting story as I felt I entered another century and visited a true missionary society of brethren.

The Moravians are pietistic Lutherans, free congregations whose origins lie in the Herrnhuttian pietism and the Moravians of count Zinzendorf. In 18 century the Herrnhutters, skilled craftsmen and traders, founded Moravian towns in many countries, and became a missionary church.

So they came to Denmark in 1773 and founded the town of Christansfeld with the blessings and approval of the Danish king Christian VII. They purchased a land and drafted a plan of the future town. Two streets connected with the God’s Acre, a square with a fountain in the middle connecting two streets, and in front of the church. Houses for living were built, later a boarding school for girls, parsonage next to the church. The king granted them pardon of royal taxes, no military service, no need of membership of guilds, and free religious practice. Denmark needed skilled craftsmen and soon the business were opened: the hotel, a chandler’s shop, a dye works, a cigar factory, honey – cake bakery, a printer, book-binder, milliner and a rope maker… most of them still exist today and still belong to the Moravians.

Then I visited their sanctuary. It is the largest space in Denmark without supporting columns or walls – it can take up to 1,000 visitors. Painted in white, with simple wooden pews, and chandeliers with candles. It is an amazing testimony of 240 years.

This church today has more than 340 members and half of them still live in the same town. Moravians welcome visitors and have their services open to all.

Their motto is: Our Lamb has conquered: let us follow Him.Image

PS A photo of their graveyard shows unusual small tombstones. It was their practice to bury their dead standing facing east, from where Jesus is coming again. They wanted to be ready for this occasion!


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A Brief Photostory from Denmark [blog]


Yesterday I was at the Evensong at the Lutheran Cathedral in Haderslev, southern Denmark. This Cathedral is the oldest building in the city dated middle 12th century. In 1525 became the center for the first Evangelical-Lutheran order in Denmark.

It was first a collegiate church for the Cathedral in Schleswig, but since the reunification of Denmark, this church became an obvious choice for a Cathedral church in the now independent Haderslev diocese in 1922.

The Danish queen created/designed garments for priests, for four different occasions. Here are they presented:

Quite an interesting history of this building, nowadays a part of The European Route of Brick Gothic.