Jaroslav J. Vajda

Jaroslav J. Vajda
Short Name: Jaroslav J. Vajda
Full Name: Vajda, Jaroslav J., 1919-2008
Birth Year: 1919
Death Year: 2008

Jaroslav J. Vajda (b. Lorain, Ohio, 1919; d. 2008) Born of Czechoslovakian parents, Vajda was educated at Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1944, he served congregations in Pennsylvania and Indiana until 1963. He was editor of the periodicals The Lutheran Beacon (1959-1963) and This Day (1963-1971) and book editor and developer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis from 1971 until his retirement in 1986. Working mainly with hymn texts, Vajda served on several Lutheran commissions of worship. A writer of original poetry since his teens, he was the author of They Followed the King (1965) and Follow the King (1977). His translations from Slovak include Bloody Sonnets (1950), Slovak Christmas (1960), An Anthology of Slovak Literature (1977), and contributions to the Lutheran Worship Supplement (1969) and the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). A collection of his hymn texts, carols, and hymn translations was issued as Now the Joyful Celebration (1987); its sequel is So Much to Sing About (1991). Vajda's hymns are included in many modern hymnals, and he was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1988.

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Wikipedia Biography

Jaroslav Vajda (April 28, 1919 – May 10, 2008) was an American hymnist. Vajda was born to a Lutheran pastor of Slovak descent in Lorain, Ohio, where his father, Rev. John Vajda, was a pastor. Vajda's father served parishes in Emporia, Virginia, Racine, Wisconsin, and finally, from 1926 until his retirement, in East Chicago, Indiana at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church. Vajda's father and mother (Mary Gecy) were both originally from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Jaroslav had two brothers, Ludovit and Edward, both pastors, now deceased. Vajda himself pastored parishes in Cranesville, Pennsylvania (1945–1949), Alexandria, Indiana (1949–1953), Tarentum, Pennsylvania (1953–1963), and St. Louis, Missouri (1963–1976).

Texts by Jaroslav J. Vajda (56)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A life begins, a child is bornJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)English2
A woman and a coin — the coin is lost!Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English4
[All Bless the God of Israel]Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Amid the world's bleak wildernessJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English4
Around the World the Shout ResoundsJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English3
Before the marvel of this nightJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English6
Before Your awesome majestyJ. J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English2
Blessed children, saints, elect of GodJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
[Blessed Jesus, Living Bread]Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Breath of the living GodJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
Christ, the model of the meekJaroslav Vajda (Translator)English2
Come at the summit of this day and hourJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2
Come, Lord Jesus, to this placeJaroslav Vajda (Author)English2
Come, rejoicing, praises voicingJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
Dear Father GodJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Dios de las aves, Dios del ran pezJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)Spanish7
Ever since the Savior came nothing is the sameJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)3
Faithful Christians, one and allJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
Gather your children, dear Savior, in peaceJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)1
Giver of every perfect giftJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2
Go, my children, with my blessingJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)21
God, my Lord, my strength, my place of hidingJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English6
God of the sparrowJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919- (Author)English19
Great God, our creatorJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Greet now the swiftly changing yearJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919- (Translator)English20
Holy Spirit, Gift of GodJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English2
Holy Spirit, hear us, On this sacred dayJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Alterer)English1
How Lovely and How PleasantJaroslav Vajda 1919- (Translator)English4
How shall we thank you, Christ, our LordJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
I lift my soul to Thee, O LordJaroslav Vajda (Paraphraser)English1
If thou but suffer God to guide theeJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919- (Translator (vs. 2))English4
In hopelessness and near despairJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English3
Jesus, take us to the mountainJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)English5
Let Our Gladness Banish SadnessJaroslav Vajda (Author)English4
Lord, as you taught us once to prayJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)3
LORD, I must praise you when I stand in wonderJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Make songs of joy to Christ, our headJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Translator)English4
Now the silence, Now the peaceJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English25
Peace came to earth at last that chosen nightJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English8
Rock-a-bye, my dear little boyJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
[See Mary Setting Out at Dawn]Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
See this wonder in the makingJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919- (Author)English8
Simon, Simon, do you love me?Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2
Thank the Lord, for he is good (Vajda)Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2
Then the glory then the restJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English3
This child of ours, this miracleJaroslav J. Vajda (1919-) (Author)3
This glorious Easter festivalJaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)English2
This is a time for banners and bellsJaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)2
This touch of loveJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English3
Up through endless ranks of angelsJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English8
When You woke that Thursday morningJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English4
Where is that Way we near despaired of findingJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)English2
Where shepherds lately knelt and kept the angel's wordJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)English10
Who Could Have Dreamt a Land like ThisJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2
O God, Father in heaven, have mercy upon usJaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Translator)English5
You're my good shepherd, I'm your sheepJaroslav J. Vajda (Author)2

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