Feast of William Bright (March 6)   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Church College, Oxford, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08765

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WILLIAM BRIGHT (DECEMBER 14, 1824-MARCH 6, 1901)

Anglican Canon, Scholar, and Hymn Writer

William Bright graduated from University College, Oxford, with an A.B. in 1846 and an A.M. in 1849.  Between those two events he won the Ellerton Theological Essay Prize and took Holy Orders, both of them in 1848.  Next he served as Theological Tutor at Glenalmond College, Perthshire; then as Tutor of University College, Oxford.  He was Honorary Canon at Cumbrae Cathedral (1865-1893) and simultaneously Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Oxford, starting in 1868.

Bright was a talented poet and a scholar of church history.  A partial list of his published works follows:

  1. Athanasius, and Other Poems, by a Fellow of a College (1858);
  2. A History of the Church from the Edict of Milan to the Council of Chalcedon (1860);
  3. Ancient Collects, Selected from Various Rituals (1862, as compiler);
  4. Hymns and Other Poems (1866);
  5. Ecclesiastical History, by Eusebius (1872, as editor);
  6. Chapters of Early Church History (1877);
  7. Latin Version of the Prayer Book.

He wrote hymns, some of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS blog:

  1. And Now The Wants are Told that Brought” (1866);
  2. At The Feet, O Christ, We Lay” (1867); and
  3. And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love” (1873).

His papers are available at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

William Bright used his intellect and creativity to the glory of God.  That is a fine legacy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 19, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNE HUTCHINSON, REBELLIOUS PURITAN

THE FEAST OF BLAISE PASCAL, MATHEMATICIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN EUDES, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF JESUS AND MARY

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For Further Reading:

http://anglicanhistory.org/england/wbright/index.html

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [William Bright and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

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

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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Revised on December 23, 2016

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