Joachim Neander

Joachim Neander, the most significant hymnwriter of the Reformed Church during the age of Pietism, was born 1650 in Bremen. Beginning in 1679, he served as assistant preacher at St. Martin’s Church in his hometown, and as such was required to preach, winter and summer, at the early hour of 5 AM. He is best known for his popular, fervent hymn of adoration and praise, “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty).” He died at Bremen on May 31, 1680.

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