Feast of Philip Armes (February 10)   Leave a comment

Durham Cathedral

Above:  Durham Cathedral, 1910-1920

Reproduction Number = LC-D4-73178

Image Copyright Owner = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

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PHILIP ARMES (AUGUST 15, 1836-FEBRUARY 10, 1908)

Anglican Church Organist and Composer

Philip Armes, as a boy, sang in the choirs of Norwich and Rochester Cathedrals.  He was a soloist at Rochester Cathedral.  The dean, impressed, gave him a pianoforte.

Armes, as an adult, earned an M.A. and a doctorate from Durham University, served as organist at St. Andrew’s Church, Wells Street, London (1857-1861), functioned as an organist at Chichester Cathedral (1861-1862), and served as organist at Durham Cathedral (1862 forward).  He was a respected organist there.  Armes also taught music at Durham University (1897-1908) and composed a madrigal, hymn tunes, organ music, and oratorios (Hezekiah, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Barnabas).  He devoted his professional life to the worship and glory of God–surely a noble calling.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 15, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PROXMIRE, UNITED STATES SENATOR

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Philip Armes

and all those who with words and image have filled us with desire and love for you,

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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Revised on November 30, 2016

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