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Z is for Zinzendorf and the Moravians

Moravian Mosaic at St. Vitus Cathedral. Photo by Barbara Rich.
Moravian Mosaic at St. Vitus Cathedral. Photo by Barbara Rich.

A Z word that Moravians know is Count Nicholas Zinzendorf, from the 18th Century, who took in Czech Moravian refugees, followers of Jan Hus, a protestant martyr who predated Luther, and let them live on his Herrnhut estate in Germany.  Though Lutheran, he became enamoured of the “heart religion” of the Moravians, and eventually founded the town of Bethlehem, PA in 1742.  His daughter Benigna organized the beginnings of Moravian College, where I lived for two years, while my mother attended Moravian Seminary.

My mother went on a tour of Czech sites of Moravian history, and took a photo of this wonderful mosaic at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.  The Moravian church’s symbol is of a Lamb, very much like this one.

3 comments

  1. I can’t believe that you’re at Z already. The mosaic is beautiful! I Love the River of Life flowing from the Lamb! I can only imagine what it must look like with the full sun shining apron it.

  2. One woman’s tedium is another’s joy! I do have my moments where I’ve underestimated the sheer volume of surface area, where I feel a bit of panic, but mostly I enjoy the detail work, which is very fortunate!

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