Moravian Festivals Days Included in Records

Some of the manuscript sources designate a special festival day at which an anthem or series of anthems were sung. For example, at the top of the score of an anthem by Johannes Herbst the inscription reads:

Lobet den Herrn alle seine Heerscharen No. 333
Zur Einweyhung des neuen Kirchensaales in Litiz am 13.ten Aug. 1787 

This attribution merits subject headings for consecration of the new church Saal and for the Moravian August 13th Festival.  The list below provides the searchable subject headings used in records these Moravian collections. A full list of festivals of the Moravian Church Year includes these festivals as well as other festivals (Christmas, Easter, etc.). These phrases can be search in GemeinKat as a subject (su: Widows Covenant Day (Moravian Church)).

April 30           Widows Covenant Day (Moravian Church)

May 4              Single Sisters Covenant Day (Moravian Church)

May 12            Adoption of the Brotherly Agreement and Statutes (Moravian Church)

June 4              Older Girls Covenant (Moravian Church)

June 24            Little Boys Covenant Day (Moravian Church)

August 13       August 13th Festival (Moravian Church) [Spiritual Renewal]

August 17       Children’s Festival (Moravian Church)

August 19       Mission Festival [or other days]

August 29       Single Brothers Covenant Day (Moravian Church)

September 7    Married Choir Covenant Day (Moravian Church)

November 13  November 13th Festival (Moravian Church) [Chief Elder celebration]

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