I mention here with sadness the passing of Ruth Manz, who died this past Tuesday. Ruth is the wife of noted Lutheran church musician, Dr. Paul Manz.
As a former Lutheran church musician, I was honored (and thrilled!) to have met the Manzs in November of 2002, when I started working in my current job at the church he had served for some 37 years as its first Cantor, and at which he is now Cantor Emeritus. Through my work I have been privileged to see and visit with both of the Manzs from time to time.
This wonderful piece, "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come," is arguably Dr. Manz's most beloved choral composition...but it's a lesser known fact that Ruth Manz actually arranged the text for it.
Here's an interesting and charming article written about the anthem and how it came to be written, and which gives readers a little glimpse of this gracious woman of faith. (The boy in the story, John, is now a pastor at the church from which Ruth will be buried on Sunday).
May her memory be eternal.