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Josua Wegelin (Hymn-Writer)

Born: January 11, 1604 - Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died: September 14, 1640 - Pressburg, Hungary

Josua Wegelin [Wegelein], was the son of Johann Wegelin, superintendent of the Evangelical college of Augsburg. He attended the University of Tübingen and received his M.A. in 1626.

Josua Wegelin was for a short time pastor at Budweiler, and in 1627 he was appointed fourth diaconus of the Franciscan church (pastor of the Barfüßerkirche ("Church of the Barefoot Monks")) at Augsburg. In 1629 he was compelled to leave Augsburg with thirteen other Evangelical pastors by the Edict of Restitution enacted by Emperor Ferdinand III. This was instigated by the Benedictine monks, who, after they had settled in Rinteln in 1630, claimed to be the rightful professors and demanded the restoration of the old church lands, and especially the property formerly belonging to the nunnery at Rinteln, but which had been devoted to the payment of the stipends of the Lutheran professors. In 1632 he was recalled as archdiaconus of the Franciscan Church, when Gustavus Adolphus took over the city. He was appointed preacher at the Hospital Church of the Holy Ghost in 1633. In 1635 he was again forced to flee, finding refuge in Preßburg, Hungary, where he held office as pastor, Senior, Inspector, and later Doctor of Theology.


Source: ELHHB Website [Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal]
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2003)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 128

Chorale Texts used in Bach’s Vocal Works





Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein (adaptated by Ernst Sonnemann)



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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook - Biographies and Sources (ELHHB)




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