Above: New York Harbor, 1840
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EDWARD HOPPER (FEBRUARY 17, 1818-APRIL 23, 1888)
U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer
Edward Hopper was born in the City of New York, where he lived for all but a few years and where he died. He graduated from New York University in 1839 then Union Theological Seminary three years later. He, ordained in 1842, served at Greenville, New York; then at Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York; then finally at New York City, where he was pastor of the Church of the Land and the Sea, in the harbor area. There, at his longest pastorate, our saint ministered to many people, including a large number of sailors.
Our saint’s character was humble. He wrote hymns yet permitted their publication only under a pen name or anonymously. Among these hymns was “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me” (http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/jesus-saviour-pilot-me/), which debuted in The Sailor’s Magazine (New York, 1871) then appeared in The Baptist Praise Book (1871) (http://archive.org/details/baptistprai00full), with no author listed for this hymn.
Hopper died in his study as he wrote religious poetry.
Edward Hopper seems like an obvious saint to me. The Anglican standard that history makes saints defines Hopper as one.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JULY 10, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF JOHANN SCHEFFLER, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, POET, AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF GEORG NEUMARK, GERMAN LUTHERAN POET AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF JOHN HINES, PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Heavenly Father, shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servant Edward Hopper,
who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock.
We pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life,
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
Revised on December 9, 2016