Feast of John Chandler (July 1)   1 comment

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Above:  Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08081

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JOHN CHANDLER (JUNE 16, 1806-JULY 1, 1876)

Anglican Priest, Scholar, and Translator of Hymns

The first saint I add to the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days during this newest round of saints blogging is John Chandler, born on June 16, 1806, at Witley, Surrey, England, where his father was the Anglican vicar.  Chandler graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with his B.A. in 1827 and with his M.A. three years later.  He, like his father, took Holy Orders, joining the ranks of the clergy in 1831.  Chandler also succeeded his father as the Vicar of Witley, assuming that post in 1837.

Chandler cared deeply for good liturgy.  Thus he translated over one hundred hymns, many from ancient sources, because he thought that such hymns should accompany worship according to The Book of Common Prayer.  He published the following works related to the cause of the proper public worship of God:

  • Hymns of the Primitive Church, Now First Collected (1837); expanded as The Hymns of the Church, Mostly Primitive, Collected, Translated, and Arranged for Public Use (1841); and
  • Horae Sacrae:  Prayer and Meditations from the Writings of the Divines of the Anglican Church, with and Introduction (1844).

Among the hymns which Chandler translated were “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” an Advent hymn, and “What Star is This, With Beams So Bright,” an Epiphany hymn.

Chandler published other material.  There was a volume called Sermons and Tracts.  And he wrote a biography of William of Wykeham (1324-1404), an English Roman Catholic bishop, founder of New College (England’s first public school), and Chancellor of the realm under King Richard II from 1389 to 1391.

Where would the Church be without hymn translators such as John Chandler?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF FRANCIS MAKEMIE, FATHER OF U.S. PRESBYTERIANISM

THE FEAST OF EDWARD HENRY BICKERSTETH, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF EXETER

THE FEAST OF JOHN ROBERTS/IEUAN GWYLLT, FOUNDER OF WELSH SINGING FESTIVALS

THE FEAST OF NGAKUKU, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

John Chandler and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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