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Ernest K. Emurian

Short Name: Ernest K. Emurian
Full Name: Emurian, Ernest Krikor, 1912-2004
Birth Year: 1912
Death Year: 2004

Born: February 20, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died: January 23, 2004, Alexandria, Virginia.
Buried: Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Son of an Armenian immigrant pastor, Emurian attended Davidson College, North Carolina (BA); Union Theological Seminary, Virginia (BD); and Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey (ThM). Randolph-Macon College of Virginia also 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:

Hymn Festivals
Hymn Stories for Programs
The Living Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s the Last Supper
Sweetheart of the Civil War
Living Stories of Famous Hymns (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1955)
Famous Stories of Inspiring Hymns (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1956)
Stories of Christmas Carols, revised and enlarged edition (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1958)
Forty Stories of Famous Gospel Songs (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1959)


Ernest K. Emurian is pastor of the Elm Avenue Methodist Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. He has served several pastorates in the Methodist Church, chiefly in Virginia. He has long been interested in hymns, and has written several of them, including "When Dawns the Morning Sunlight" in the "Fourteen New Rural Hymns" published by the Society in 1955. He is the author of two volumes entitled "Dramatized Stories of Hymns and Hymn Writers". He had his college work at Davidson College, graduating in 1931.

--Twelve New World Order Hymns, 1958. Used by permission.

Ernest K. Emurian, a fourth-generation minister, is a graduate of Davidson College, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Princeton Seminary. He has been a Methodist minister since 1936 and is currently pastor of Cherrydale Methodist Church, Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of seventeen books in the fields of hymnody and drama, and of more than thirty hymns. A member of ASCAP, he is the composer of hymn tunes, and sacred and secular songs. His hymn "We Dedicate This Temple" is in The Armed Forces Hymnal and The Presbyterian Hymnal. He lectures widely on Practical Hymnology and Religious Drama, and as an after-dinner speaker addresses conventions and conferences in many states.

----Twelve New Lord’s Day Hymns, 1968. Used by permission.

Texts by Ernest K. Emurian (10)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Bless, O God, this healing placeErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
God of the past, the present and the futureErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
Mil gracias por tu ordenErnest K. Emurian (Author)Spanish2
Nuestra esperanza está en el SeñorErnest K. Emurian (Author)Spanish2
O thou who at creation's dawnErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
Our hope is in the living GodErnest K. Emurian (Author)English4
Thy church, O God, is standingErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
We dedicate this templeErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
We thank thee that thy mandateErnest K. Emurian (Author)3
When dawns the morning sunlightErnest K. Emurian (Author)4
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