Born: January 1, 1723, Dirsdorf, Silesia (now Przerzeczyn-Zdrój, Poland).
Died: November 6, 1801, Berthelsdorf, Germany.
Christian was the son of Georg Gregor, a peasant in Dirsdorf.
In 1742 Christian went to Herrnhut, where he at first worked for his tuition. He became leader of the music in the Moravian Brethren’s congregation at Herrnhaag in 1748, and at Zeist in 1749.
In 1753 he returned to Herrnhut as cashier of the Brethren’s Board of Direction. He was ordained diaconus in 1756, presbyter in 1767, and bishop of the Brethren’s Church in 1789.
On November 6, 1801, he attended a meeting, held at Herrnhut, of the Board of Direction of which he had been a member since 1764. Just as he entered his house at Berthelsdorf, near Herrnhut, he was struck with paralysis (probably a stroke), and died that same day. (Koch, vi. 436; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, ix. 630.)
He was a man greatly beloved and respected, simple of heart, loving, earnest and hardworking; and was entrusted with many important missions and visitations.
His hymns are characterised by childlike fervour of devotion to his crucified Lord. A number appeared in Des kleinen Brüder-Gesangbuchs dritter Theil, Barby, 1767; but they were mostly contributed to the Gesang-buch zum Gebrauch der evangelischen Brüder Gemeinen, Barby, 1778, of which he was the principal editor.
He was also an excellent organist, and edited, in 1784, a collection of accompanying tunes for the hymnbook of 1778, contributing thereto various melodies by himself.
A little volume entitled Historische Nachrteht vom Brüder-Gesangbuche des Jahres 1778, und von dessen Lieder-Verfassern, Gnadau, 1835 (2nd ed., 1851), occasionally referred to in these pages, is based on materials collected by Gregor.
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