Feast of John Jones of Talysarn (August 16)   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Welsh Flag

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JOHN JONES OF TALYSARN (MARCH 11, 1797-AUGUST 16, 1857)

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Minister and Hymn Tune Composer

Young John Jones had to work in a quarry, for his father had died.  But Jones did educate himself.  For years (even after his ordination) he was involved in one way or another in that industry, but did not find that satisfying.  No, his vocation was ordained ministry.  The Calvinistic Methodist Church gave him credentials in 1829.  Jones, gifted with a deep voice, a formidable personality, and an inquiring mind, preached to open-air congregations numbering in the thousands.  And, according to James Moffatt, in the companion volume to the 1927 Church Hymnary, Jones broke

the tyranny of the hyper-Calvinists (page 388).

Moffatt disliked hyper-Calvinists, apparently.

Jones settled at Talysarn, hence the description

of Talysarn

to distinguish him from other people named John Jones.

His legacies include hymn tunes, such as “Tan-y-castell,” named for his birthplace.

I am glad that Jones had the opportunity to pursue his vocation from God, for the benefit of others (many not born or imagined yet) and divine glory.  May all people have such opportunities and pursue them.  The willingness to pursue one’s vocation means nothing, however, without the opportunity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 25, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF NICOLAUS SELNECKER, GERMAN LUTHERAN MINISTER, THEOLOGIAN, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ALDHELM, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT MADELEINE SOPHIE BARAT, MOTHER SUPERIOR OF THE SOCIETY OF THE SACRED HEART

THE FEAST OF VENERABLE BEDE OF JARROW, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

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O God, our heavenly Father, who raised up your faithful servant John Jones of Talysarn

to be a pastor in your church and to feed your flock:

Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit,

that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ

and stewards of your divine mysteries, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84 or 84:7-11

Ephesians 3:14-21

Matthew 24:42-47

–Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 719

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