1557–1622
Martin Boehm
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September 16, 1557, Lauban, Silesia (now Lubań, Poland).

February 5, 1622, Breslau, Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland).

Martin was the son of Hans Behm, town overseer of Lau­ban.

In 1574, during a protracted famine, Dr. Paul Fa­bri­ci­us, royal physician in Vi­en­na and a distant relative, took Mar­tin to Vi­en­na, where he worked as a private tutor for two years. He then went to Straß­burg, where he was befriended by Jo­hann Sturm, Rector of the newly founded university there.

Returning home at his mother’s request after his father’s death in 1580, he was appointed assistant in the town school, and on September 20, was ordained di­a­co­nus of the Holy Trinity Church. After the senior pastor was promoted to Bre­slau, the Town Council kept the post nominally vacant for two years, then made Behm senior pastor in June 1586. He held the position 36 years, renowned as a preacher and faithful pastor through troubled times: famine in 1590, pestilence in 1613, war in 1619.

A prolific author, Behm wrote about 480 hymns. His works include:

  1. Das walt Gott Va­ter und Gott Sohn
    • O God Almighty, Father, Son
  2. O heil­ige Drei­fal­tig­keit
  3. O Je­su Christ, meins Le­bens Licht
  4. O Kö­nig all­er Ehr­en

Behm’s burial place