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JOHN SAMUEL BEWLEY MONSELL (MARCH 2, 1811-APRIL 9, 1875)
Anglican Priest and Poet
RICHARD MANT (FEBRUARY 12, 1776-NOVEMBER 2, 1848)
Anglican Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore
Today I add two more saints to my Ecumenical Calendar. One of these men worked for the other for a time. Each man made a great contribution to the church and left a legacy of literary works committed to the glory of God.
The English-born Richard Mant (1776-1848), ordained into The Church of England’s priesthood in 1802, served English congregations before becoming the Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenoragh (in The Church of Ireland) in 1820. Three years later he transferred to the Diocese of Down and Connor, merged in 1833 with the Diocese of Dromore, thus becoming the Diocese of Down, Connor, and Dromore. He wrote much, including Scripture Narratives (1831), Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary, with Original Hymns (1837), and The History of the Church in Ireland (1840).
John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875), nephew of the first Lord Emly, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained by The Church of Ireland in 1834, he served as Chaplain to Bishop Mant then as Chancellor of the Diocese of Down, Connor, and Dromore then as Rector of Ramoan before transferring into The Church of England. There Monsell served as Vicar of Engham, Surrey, before becoming the Rector of St. Nicholas, Guildford. An unnamed source I found quoted in the companion volumes to the 1927 Church Hymnary of The Church of Scotland and the 1935 U.S. Methodist Hymnal said of Monsell’s rectory at Guildford:
It was quite an ideal household, full of the beauty of holiness, with genial brightness and of gaiety playing like sunshine over all the troubles of life.
Monsell, who favored “mere fervent and joyous” hymns, wrote nearly three hundred of them and published eleven volumes of poetry. He would have composed and published more had a stone not fallen off the roof of his church and hit him, causing the fatal injury.
Monsell also served as Chaplain to Queen Victoria from 1870 to 1875.
I have already added some of the works of Mant and Monsell to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog, O I refer you, O reader, to the index pages/guide posts which I have created for them.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MARCH 11, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ALBERT LISTER PEACE, ORGANIST IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND
THE FEAST OF ALEXANDER FLEMING, SCIENTIST
THE FEAST OF SAINT EULOGIUS OF SPAIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TOLEDO, CORDOBA; AND SAINT LEOCRITA, MARTYRS
THE FEAST OF HARRIET MONSELL, FOUNDER OF THE COMMUNITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
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Heavenly Father, shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servants Richard Mant and John Samuel Bewley Monsell,
who were faithful in the care and nurture of your flock.
We pray that, following their examples and the teaching of their holy lives,
we may, by your grace, attain our full maturity in Christ,
through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35
1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21
John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60