Pastor Wurmbrand (Vurm' brahnd) was a Lutheran minister of Romania who suffered many tortures during his years in communist prisons in the last century. After his release, he authored several books, including Tortured for Christ, to give testimony and a voice to persecuted Christians around the world. He and his wife, Sabina, started the organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to educate free Christians and help those who are persecuted on hostile nations.
Now, today, imagine my surprise to find a recording of Pastor Wurmbrand on the podcast of Frederica Mathewes-Green from Ancient Faith Radio. What a joy! When he was in prison, he said that he was confined with people of various origins, Germans, Hungarians, Russians, etc. and he noted that Ave Maria was sung in every language except Hebrew. He thought this was odd since Mary was a Jew and Hebrew would have been her native language.
And so, in due time, Pastor Wurmbrand translated this precious hymn to Mary in Hebrew. It is his own voice, singing so beautifully to the Theotokos on Frederica's podcast, Here and Now.
Hearing this man, who so loved God and Blessed Mary, has been a treasured discovery today. Listening to the podcast has created an atmosphere of humilty and awe in my heart; a very suitable beginning as I look toward Great Lent.
Thank you Frederica!