Hellrigl, Ursula (b. ca. 1521)

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Ursula Hellrigl (Helrigling), is mentioned first in the court records of 3 June 1539 when the Innsbruck authorities reported to Ferdinand I that a peasant girl of 18 years, a native of the Upper Inn Valley, had been in prison at St. Petersberg nearly 15 months. In pity for her youth and sex, attempts had been made by Dr. Gallus Müller to convert her. Though she was not versed in the Scriptures, she clung to her faith because her coreligionists lived less frivolously than the world. Her mother, an Anabaptist, had died in prison. One of her three brothers had recanted, and was now pleading for his sister's release.

Ferdinand was inclined to grant the request, but feared that such a release would strengthen ignorant persons in their error. He ordered that she should be further instructed. In the following year her family appealed again. On 13 August 1540, the king ordered her sent to Italy, where she would not know the language. Thus she came to Sigmundskron, and in 1543 she was finally pardoned "for the sake of her youth and the petitions of her friends," Peter Müller of Silz having promised to pay the costs of the case, and returned to her people. The Hutterian chronicles report that she was tied to the feet of Brother Liebich when he was racked. But neither of them recanted. "What the devil and his children wished to see happen is easy to imagine. But they were honorable and pious, and did not let any temptations cause them to sin." She is credited with the hymn, "Ewiger Gott vom Himmelreich" (13 stanzas).

Daniel Hellrigl, an Anabaptist, who died at Nikolsburg, 3 April 1615, "an aged preacher," was probably a relative of Ursula's. Zacharias Hellrigl (1580-1630) is the author of five hymns: "Die Danksagung des Morgens"; "Elend hat mich betroffen"; "Erheb meine Seel den Herrn"; "Vom Leben und Tod des Frommen"; and "Es ist nun um die Vesperzeit."


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Author(s) Johann Loserth
Date Published 1956

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