Extraordinary Legacy

By Lydian Bernhardt
Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere thou cam’st, how dark Earth’s night!
The opening lines of favorite Moravian hymn “Morning Star” thrill congregations every Christmas with their beauty and poignancy. But for Mary Jane Dewees of Winston-Salem, those familiar words may also provoke a thrill of familial pride. She is not only a member of Home Moravian Church who loves music, but is also the great-granddaughter of the hymn’s composer, Rev. Francis Florentine Hagen.
“When I …