Feast of Frederick William Faber (September 26)   2 comments

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FREDERICK WILLIAM FABER (JUNE 28, 1814-SEPTEMBER 26, 1863)

English Roman Catholic Hymn Writer

Frederick William Faber was born into a family with Huguenot roots.  The native of Caverley, Yorkshire, grew up a Calvinist.  He attended Baillol College and University College, Oxford.  In 1838 he published The Ancient Things of The Church of England, a defense of Anglicanism and a condemnation of Roman Catholicism.  Five years later he became an Anglican priest and the Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire.  There he introduced confession and other rituals.

The Anglo-Catholic became a Roman Catholic in 1845.  He, rebaptized as Wildrid, formed with eight other men the Brothers of the Will of God (the Wilfridians) at Birmingham.  In 1848 the Brothers joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri (where John Henry Newman was).  The following years Faber established the London branch of the Oratory.  He led that branch for the rest of his life.  In 1854 Pope Pius IX made him a Doctor of Divinity.

Our saint, perceiving the need for good English-language Roman Catholic hymns to compete with Evangelical ones, wrote 150 hymns.  Some of them are at my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

I, as an Episcopalian, honor the faithful life of Frederick William Faber, who glorified God with his talents.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 12, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF EDWIN PAXTON HOOD, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, CONGREGATIONALIST, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF EMMEGAHBOWH, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINT FREDERICK OF UTRECHT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP AND MARTYR; AND SAINT ODULT OF UTRECHT, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARY PRIEST

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For Further Reading:

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Faber%2C%20Frederick%20William%2C%201814-1863

http://anglicanhistory.org/faber/

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Frederick William Faber 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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This is post #1550 of this weblog in its current configuration.–KRT

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2 responses to “Feast of Frederick William Faber (September 26)

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