Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The beliefs of others: Moravians

"In worship, the Moravians combine liturgical and extemporaneous prayer. At all the liturgical services music forms a prominent feature. Their liturgy and hymn-book are of a superior order. They have greatly enriched the treasures of German hymnology, and produced also one of the best English hymnists in James Montgomery (1771–1854), 'the Cowper of the nineteenth century.' Love-feasts are held preparatory to the communion, in imitation of the ancient Agapæ. Foot-washing was formerly practiced, but has been discontinued since the beginning of the present century. " -- Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical notes. Volume I. The History of Creeds. 1877, by Harper & Brothers Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House (6th Edition), p. 878

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