Moravian Church in North America

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An introduction to the Daily Texts

DT2014PBCVRintroImagine sharing the same devotional with 1.5 million believers in more than 50 languages around the globe. The Moravian Daily Texts has been living this ecumenical dream for many years!First published in 1731 in Saxony, this little book grew out of a spiritual renewal of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) that dates back to Aug. 13, 1727. Today, more than 250 years after its first publication, the Daily Texts continues its promise of “a daily message from God that is new every morning.”

New Every Morning: A History of the Daily Texts

DThistoryintro“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22,23

The first printed edition of the Daily Texts (Losungen) was published in Herrnhut, Saxony, in 1731. The title page of that edition quoted the passage from Lamentations and promised a daily message from God that would be new every morning. It was an outgrowth of a spiritual renewal of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) that dated from August 13, 1727.

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Producing the North American Daily Texts

dtproducingintroAs with all Daily Texts, the North American version begins in Herrnhut, Germany. We receive the Losungen from the German office in the summer and send it to a translator for our North American English purposes. We require an actual English translation of the German text because of the differing Bible verses in each translation. For example, a watchword drawn from Daniel 3:33 in the German Bible does not exist in English translations: the wording is found in Daniel 4:10. The essential concern is that the text is correctly translated so that readers around the world will share identical devotional material on any given day.

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How to Use The Daily Texts

The Daily Texts is a daily devotional guide published yearly since 1731. It is the oldest such guide in continuous use. Begun in Germany as a daily oral tradition, it soon became a regularly printed set of texts for each day of the year.

The texts are chosen yearly in Germany for use in all editions of the Daily Texts throughout the world. The Old Testament text is chosen by lot from a collection of about 2,000 appropriate texts. The New Testament text is then selected to expand on the Old Testament text, to give some point of Christian doctrine or to match with the special celebrations of the church year. In the American edition, appropriate hymn verses and prayers are added for each day and chosen by designated writers of varying ages, both lay and clergy, for each month.

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Digital Daily Texts ready for popular tablets

2015digitaleditionsphotoEvery year for almost three centuries, printed Moravian Daily Texts books have been a staple of Moravians’ daily prayers. Today, the North American Daily Texts is now available for the millions of readers who use a screen instead of paper.

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Copyright Notice: The Moravian Daily Texts include Bible texts selected annually by the Moravian Church and shared worldwide since 1731. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America. This work or portions thereof may not be reproduced without permission from the IBOC, Moravian Church, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245.

Moravian Daily Texts

05/31/2016

Tuesday, May 31 — Psalm 71:1–8
Numbers 18:25–19:22; Mark 14:66–72

 

Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalm 106:3 (NIV)

 

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

 

Fill our hearts today with the knowledge that we have a purpose to fulfill, as we come to your throne asking for the confidence and the courage to complete the tasks set before us. As we close another month in this year, help us to walk in your deep love with our brothers and sisters. Bless us we pray. Amen.

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