Jan Mombaer

Jan Mombaer also known as Johannes Mauburnus and as Johannes von Brüssel (1460, Brussels – 1501 Paris) was a Christian monk who composed hymns and was part of the devotio moderna movement.

He studied at the congregation of Augustinians in Utrecht and around 1477 entered the Congregation of Windesheim. Mombaer developed a structured method of organizing seemingly haphazard glances at the Bible to form consistent thoughts for a hymn.[1] His work was also treasured by Martin Luther. As an Augustinian monk, Luther used Mauburnus' morning prayer upon rising. Later he used that prayer in crafting what many today know as "Luther's Morning Prayer" found in Luther's Small Catechism.[2] Mombaer is best known for his Rosetum exercitiorum spiritualium et sacrarum meditationum (Rose-garden of spiritual exercises and sacred meditations) mentioned by Loyola as an influence on his own spiritual exercises.[3]


  1. ^ Medieval religious women in the Low Countries: the 'modern devotion by Wybren Scheepsma 2004 ISBN 1-84383-048-5 pages 107-108
  2. ^ Martin Luther: Shaping and Defining the Reformation, 1521-1532 by Martin Brecht; James L. Schaaf, trans. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1990. p. 277) ISBN 0-8006-2463-7
  3. ^ Bale. 1491, et al. See article “Mauburne or Momboir, Jean” at McClintock Biblical Encyclopedia.

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