|Short Name:||Jaroslav J. Vajda|
|Full Name:||Vajda, Jaroslav J., 1919-2002|
Jaroslav Vajda (April 28, 1919 – May 10, 2008) was an American hymnist.
Vajda was born to a Lutheran pastor of Slovak descent. His father, Rev. John Vajda, was a pastor in East Chicago, Ind. at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church. This is where Jaroslav had his beginning learning from his father and his mother, Maria. Jaroslav had two brothers, Ludovit and Edward, both pastors, now deceased.
Vajda received musical training in childhood and began translating classical Slovak poetry at age eighteen. Vajda did not write his first hymn until age 49. From that time until his death in 2008 at age 89, he wrote over 200 original and translated hymns that appear worldwide in more than 65 hymnals. He also published two collections of hymn texts, numerous books, translations, and articles. Vajda served on hymnal commissions for Hymnal Supplement (1969) and Lutheran Book of Worship (1978).
Vajda is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates recognizing hymnic contributions. After 18 years in a mostly bilingual ministry he became the editor of This Day Magazine and then became a book editor and developer at Concordia Publishing House. Jaroslav Vajda retired in 1986.
List of hymns written by Jaroslav Vajda (not exhaustive):
"God of the Sparrow"
"Before the Marvel of This Night"
"Ever Since the Savior Came"
"A Dove Flew Down From Heaven"
"Slumber, Lovely Baby"
"Where Shepherds Lately Knelt"
"Peace Came to Earth"
"Wake, Shepherds, Awake"
"The King the Wise Men Found"
"Go, My Children, with My Blessing"
"Then the Glory"
"Now the Silence"
"In Hopelessness and Near Despair"
"Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain"
"When You Woke That Thursday Morning"
Amid the World's Bleak Wilderness
|Texts by Jaroslav J. Vajda (39)||As||Instances|
|A woman and a coin — the coin is lost!||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||4|
|[All Bless the God of Israel]||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Amid the world's bleak wilderness||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||3|
|Around the World the Shout Resounds||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Before the marvel of this night||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||4|
|Before Your awesome majesty||J. J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||2|
|[Blessed Jesus, Living Bread]||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Come at the summit of this day and hour||Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)||2|
|Come, rejoicing, praises voicing||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Dear Father God||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Ever since the Savior came nothing is the same||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||3|
|Giver of every perfect gift||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||2|
|Go, my children, with my blessing||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||12|
|God, my Lord, my strength, my place of hiding||J. J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Translator)||6|
|God of the sparrow||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||11|
|Greet now the swiftly changing year||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)||12|
|How Lovely and How Pleasant||Jaroslav Vajda 1919- (Translator)||4|
|If thou but suffer God to guide thee||Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919- (Translator (vs. 2))||3|
|In hopelessness and near despair||Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)||2|
|Jesus, take us to the mountain||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||4|
|Let Our Gladness Banish Sadness||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)||4|
|Lord, as you taught us once to pray||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Make songs of joy to Christ, our head||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)||3|
|Now the silence, now the peace||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||18|
|O God, Father in heaven, have mercy upon us||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||4|
|Peace came to earth at last that chosen night||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||7|
|Rock-a-bye, my dear little boy||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Translator)||2|
|[See Mary Setting Out at Dawn]||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|See this wonder in the making||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||5|
|Simon, Simon, do you love me?||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Thank the Lord, for he is good (Vajda)||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Then the glory then the rest||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||2|
|This child of ours, this miracle||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||3|
|This is a time for banners and bells||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|This Touch of Love||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||2|
|Up through endless ranks of angels||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||5|
|When You woke that Thursday morning||Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919 (Author)||3|
|Where shepherds lately knelt and kept the angel's word||Jaroslav J. Vajda (Author)||5|
|Who Could Have Dreamt a Land like This||Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008 (Author)||2|