The Daily Texts
The first printed edition of the Daily Texts (Losungen) was published in Herrnhut, Saxony, in 1731. The title page of that edition quoted the passage from Lamentations and promised a daily message from God that would be new every morning. It was an outgrowth of a spiritual renewal of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) that dated from August 13, 1727.
The printing of the Daily Texts in America dates back at least to 1767, when the Losungen was printed "at Bethlehem on the Forks of the Delaware by Johann Brandmuller." During the crucial days of the Revolution, the German-language edition was printed in Philadelphia by Heinrich Miller, who had worked for Benjamin Franklin when he first came to America. The daily text for July 4, 1776, was from Isaiah 55:5 - "Behold, you shall call nations you know not, and nations that knew you shall run to you" (RSV).
Present membership of the worldwide Moravian Church is over 700,000 in 19 provinces. The Daily Texts has a press run of over 1,000,000 copies in the German language alone. This far surpasses the 30,000 members of the Moravian Church in all of Europe. Other language editions bring the total circulation of this small devotional book to over 1.5 million copies. The Daily Texts is now published in 50 language and dialects.
This little book is probably the most widely read daily devotional guide in the world, next to the Bible. It forms an invisible bond between Christians on all continents, transcending barriers of confession, race, language, and politics. In its quiet way it performs a truly ecumenical service for the whole Christendom.