Feast of Henry Cary Shuttleworth (October 24)   Leave a comment

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Above:  St. Paul’s Cathedral (Early Morning)

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-00302

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HENRY CARY SHUTTLEWORTH (OCTOBER 20, 1850-OCTOBER 24, 1900)

Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

Henry Cary Shuttleworth, born at Egloshayle, Cornwall, England, attended Christ Church, Oxford.  He, taking Holy Orders in 1873, served as Curate of St. Barnabas, Oxford (1873-1876), then as Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (1876-1884), then as Rector of St. Nicholas, Cole-Abbey, London (1883-1900).  He also taught Pastoral and Liturgical Theology at King’s College, London.  Shuttleworth, an Anglo-Catholic and a Christian Socialist, wrote hymns and wrote about worship.  His published works included:

  • The Last Words of the Saviour (3d. Ed., 1879);
  • Songs (1885):
  • The Place of Music for Private Use (2d. Ed., 1893); and
  • Hymns for Private Use (1896).

One hymn (from 1898) by the Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, English Literature, and the New Testament at King’s College, London, follows:

Father of men, in whom we are one

All humankind beneath Thy sun,

Stablish our work in Thee begun.

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Except the house be built of Thee,

In vain the builder’s toil must be:

O strengthen our infirmity!

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Man lives not for himself alone,

In others’ good he finds his own;

Life’s worth in fellowship is known.

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We, friends and comrades on life’s way,

Gather within these walls to pray:

Bless Thou our fellowship to-day.

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O Christ, our Elder Brother, who

By serving man God’s will didst do,

Help us to serve our brethren too.

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Guide us to seek the things above,

The base to shun, the pure approve,

To live by Thy free law of love.

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In all our work, in all our play,

Be with us, Lord, our Friend, our Stay;

Lead onward to the perfect day:

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Then may we know, earth’s lesson o’er,

With comrades missed or gone before,

Heaven’s fellowship for evermore.

Shuttleworth was correct:  we find our good in that of others, for we humans live inside a web of mutuality.  What one person does affects another.  And, since everything belongs to God, we are tenants, not owners, and we are responsible for and dependent upon each other.  Ultimately, of course, all of us depend on God.  So may we lay aside all illusions of independence and all selfishness; may we seek ways to serve Christ in those to whom God sends us and in those whom God sends our way.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Henry Cary Shuttleworth)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

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

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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