Feast of Henry Scott Holland (March 17)   1 comment

St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Above:  St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, United Kingdom, 1890-1900

Images Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08571

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905

Print no. “11096”



Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

Social concern is a great biblical value.  Hebrew prophets condemned those who exploited others.  And, in the Parable of Lazarus and Dives, the main offense of the latter was that he knew about the presence of the former and did not care for him.  Sometimes apathy is the opposite of compassion.

Henry Scott Holland demonstrated compassion.  He, educated at Eton then Balloil College, Oxford, joined the ranks of the clergy of The Church of England in 1872.  He served at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, then at Truro, then at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, before returning to Oxford.  His final position was Professor of Divinity at Oxford, from 1910 to 1918.  In 1889 Holland cofounded the Christian Social Union.  From 1896 to 1918 he edited its publication, The Commonwealth.  The cause of Christian Socialism was close to his heart.

Holland wrote extensively.  His works included:

  • Creeds and Critics;
  • Logic and Life;
  • Christ or Ecclesiates;
  • On Behalf of Belief;
  • God’s Pity;
  • Vital Values; and
  • A Bundle of Memories.

He also worked on The English Hymnal (1906) and The New Cathedral Psalter (1909).  Among Holland’s hymns was “Judge Eternal, Enthroned in Splendour,” which appeared initially in a 1902 issue of The Commonwealth.

Judge eternal, throned in splendour,

Lord of lords and King of kings,

With thy living fire of judgement

Purge this land of bitter things;

Solace all its wide dominion

With the healing of thy wings.


Still the weary folk are pining

For the hour that brings release,

And the city’s crowded clangor

Cried aloud for sin to cease;

And the homesteads and the woodlands

Plead in silence for their peace.


Crown, O God, thine own endeavour,

Cleave our darkness with thy sword;

Feed the faint and hungry heathen

With the richness of thy word;

Cleanse the body of this nation

Through the glory of the Lord.

The Latin inscription on Holland’s memorial at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, translates as:

As beholding God invisible, he was unceasingly founding on earth His Heavenly Kingdom, in unshaken faith, lively hope, joyous love.





O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled, and

rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60


Revised on December 24, 2016



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