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Wittenberg University Hosts Annual German Language Epiphany Service Jan. 9

December 16, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s annual German Language Epiphany Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, in historic Weaver Chapel.

The service, a campus tradition since 1985, brings the Christmas season to a close. Wittenberg Professor of Music and University Organist Donald Busarow, who also directed the Wittenberg Choir for 28 years, and former University Pastor Larry Houff developed the service, which is conducted entirely in German and uses a format from a contemporary German Lutheran hymnal.

Rev. Stephen Foster, interim pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, will preach and conduct the service, which will also have special music, including pieces played on the organ by Busarow.

Wittenberg was founded by a group of pastors of German background who created the English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio. While respecting their German tradition and language, the pastors believed that the English language was a way to foster the inclusiveness of the new American nation. In 1842, the new synod voted unanimously to establish a theological and literary institution that would serve the educational and cultural needs of new immigrants and new communities, and Wittenberg was founded in Springfield three years later.

The German Language Epiphany Service honors the heritage of those whose vision lives on today, 166 years after the first class sessions took place, at Wittenberg University.

The service is open to the public, and Weaver Chapel is accessible to those with disabilities.

Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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