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19 December 2006

Katie Luther Hymn Stanza

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Congregation completes its midweek Advent services tomorrow evening by observing the life of Katharina von Bora Luther, whom Martin named his “Rib.” I once again offer a commemorative hymn stanza for those who would like to use it now or in the future.

The meter, 7 6 7 6 D, is the same as the previous two stanzas. Given its content and flow, you might want to use it as an insert for the hymn For All the Faithful Women. If using it with By All Your Saints in Warfare, as suggested for the St. Nicholas and Ste. Lucy stanzas, a less driving tune, such as Aurelia (cf. The Church’s One Foundation) is a possible alternative.

   A world that disregarded
   The gift of married life
   Saw God call saintly Katie
   As Martin’s faithful wife.
   Her self she gave completely
   To him, who loved his Rib;
   Submission, strength, and courage,
   Her testaments, still live.

Hymn text © 2006 by Walter P. Snyder. As with previous lyrics posted here, I grant permission to copy, save, reproduce, and otherwise use in unaltered form and with notice of copyright attached.

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