1912-2004

February 20, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

January 23, 2004, Alexandria, Virginia.

Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Son of an Armenian immigrant pastor, Emurian attended Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina (BA); Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia (BD); and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey (ThM). Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him in 1971. Emurian served as pastor of the Cherrydale United Methodist Church, Arlington, Virginia, for 19 years, until retiring in 1981. He wrote some 19 books and 60 hymns, as well as hymn tunes, anthems, and popular songs. His works include:

  1. Bless, O God, This Healing Place
  2. God of the Past, the Present and the Future
  3. O Thou Who at Creation’s Dawn
  4. Our Hope Is in the Living Lord
  5. Thy Church, O God, Is Standing
  6. We Dedicate This Temple
  7. We Thank Thee That Thy Mandate
  8. When Dawns the Morning Sunlight

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