Wittenberg University Hosts Annual German Language Epiphany Service Jan. 8
The service, a campus tradition since 1985, brings the Christmas season to a close. Originally developed by the late Professor Emeritus Donald Busarow, who also directed the Wittenberg Choir and served as university organist for 28 years, and former University Pastor Larry Houff, the service is conducted entirely in German and uses a format from a contemporary German Lutheran hymnal. The worship music comprises German Christmas carols and Epiphany hymns with Professor Emerita of Music Trudy Faber playing the organ.
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 Faber.
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 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