New Every Morning: A History of the Daily Texts
“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.
Producing the North American Daily Texts
As 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.
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.
Digital Daily Texts ready for popular tablets
Every 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.