Christmas with Wurmbrand in Prison

Feri bacsi visiting Wurmbrand before his death

[Richard] … thought the summary treatment of Mary by Protestantism was extreme. Protestants only refer to the mother of Jesus when swearing, although she certainly deserves, if not worship, deep admiration.

Christmas was a festival of peace in the prison. Even the guards were overwhelmed by the eve of the birth of the Savior. The Romanians sang colindas, and the Hungarians and Germans sang their own hymns. Richard stood at the end of the long table in the cell and sang Mary’s hymn, the Magnificat, in Hebrew. Vividly and dramatically, with holy enthusiasm and tenderness, rebelliously and victoriously. It was intended as his Christmas gift for the Mary admirers.

[Feri bácsi visited Richard in California shortly before the latter’s death, and the two naturally reminisced about their shared prison time.]

I then recalled the Christmas Eve in prison when he had sung the Magnificat in Hebrew. This had swayed those who disliked and even hated Richard. Gathering all his strength, he sang Mary’s hymn to me again.  “My soul doth magnify the Lord!” Yes, we are to magnify Him wholeheartedly, even with the last spark of our ebbing life force.

From, The Foolishness of God. Cluj: Koinónia Publishing, 2010.

(Source, HERE)


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

8 thoughts on “Christmas with Wurmbrand in Prison”

  1. Cantarea Maicii Domnului e un fel de Internationala avant la lettre:
    “Făcut-a tărie cu braţul Său, risipit-a pe cei mândri în cugetul inimii lor.
    Coborât-a pe cei puternici de pe tronuri şi a înălţat pe cei smeriţi,
    Pe cei flămânzi i-a umplut de bunătăţi şi pe cei bogaţi i-a scos afară deşerţi. “


  2. Aceasta este o dimensiune a teologiei eliberarii cu care ma simt foarte confortabil (spre deosebire de dimensunile quasi-marxiste ale acesteia, la care sunt extrem de elergic, desi inteleg de ce acestea i-auatras pe unii.
    Nu cunosc acel studiu al lui Wurmbrand. Ma intreb, oare stie ceva despre asta cineva dintre cei care citesc pe aici di cind in cind?
    Aradenii ar trebui sa stie mai multe.


  3. Splendid.
    Magnificatul e formidabil. Richard vorbea des desrpre el. Intr-un studiu al Ev. dupa Luca scris de RW, el il numea un imn al revolutiei sociale. Cum putea o taranca tinara sa aia astfel de preocupari se intreba RW? Tot el remarca f. ca acest cintec este in mare inspirat de cintarea Anei (mama lui Samuel)…. etc. Nu cred ca acest studiu a fost publicat vreodata. Poate pt ca eram tinar, dar mi s-a parut extrem de original. L-am vazut batut la masina si cuprindea doar primele capitole. Nu stiu care era explicatia…


  4. There is a lot of apocrypha stories around Wurmbrand as around all these emblematic figures of the resistance to communism. Often it is difficult to sort out truth from fiction.


  5. Richard Wurmbrand was a unique man of God, the “St. Paul of the Iron Curtain” and was loved by many. Even American Orthodox and Romanian Catholics considered him a friend, and a brother in Christ. Before his death, brother Wurmbrand had Confession and Absolution from an Eastern Orthodox friend, and also expressed his love for the Theotokos.

    ANCIENT Magazine published “Pastor Richard Wurmbrand: Finishing the Race”


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