Feast of Robert Walmsley (March 2)   1 comment

1777_Burdett_map_of_Sale

Above:  Map of Sale, England, 1777

Image in the Public Domain

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ROBERT WALMSLEY (MARCH 18, 1835-OCTOBER 30, 1905)

English Congregationalist Hymn Writer

Robert Walmsley, born in Manchester, England, spent most of his life as a jeweler in Sale, five miles southwest of his hometown.  He was, in the words of the Handbook to The Hymnal (Edited by William Chalmers Covert and Calvin Weiss Laufer and published by the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education in 1935),

an ardent Sunday School worker.

–page 52

He also wrote hymns, forty-one of which he published in Sacred Songs for Children of All Ages (1900).  Walmsley wrote most of his hymns for the Manchester Sunday School Whit-Week Festivals.  Among his hymns was “The Sun Declines, O’er Land and Sea” (1893), which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS blog ahead of this entry.

Walmsley’s work as a jeweler was certainly important to many people.  I will never know how much he affected people for the better via that profession.  His hymns, however, outlive him on this plane of reality.  They constitute a fine legacy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 18, 2013 COMMON ERA

PROPER 15–THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

THE FEAST OF ERDMANN NEUMEISTER, GERMAN LUTHERAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT HELENA, MOTHER OF EMPEROR CONSTANTINE I

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PORCHER DUBOSE, EPISCOPAL THEOLOGIAN

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God of grace and glory,

you have given a rich variety of interests and talents to us; thank you.

Thank you for those who have served you and helped their fellow human beings

in their daily lives habitually via their vocations yet most memorably their avocations,

and for those who do so.

May we, reminded of and encouraged in our responsibilities to you and each other by their examples,

continue faithfully in the endeavors you assign us.

In the name of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 38:24-34a

Psalm 33

Romans 14:7-8

Matthew 5:13-16

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROFT, ANGLICAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF JONATHAN MYRICK DANIELS, EPISCOPAL SEMINARIAN AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR

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Revised on December 23, 2016

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