Above: Yale Divinity School, Between 1900 and 1915
Publisher = Detroit Publishing Company
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HENRY HALLAM TWEEDY (AUGUST 5, 1868-APRIL 11, 1953)
U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer
I launch this, the next wave of new saints, with the Reverend Henry Hallam Tweedy, an impressive person. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and continued his education at Union Theological Seminary and the University of Berlin. Our saint, ordained in 1898, pastored two Congregational churches–Plymouth Church, Utica, New York (1898-1902), and South Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut (1902-1909). From 1909 to 1937 he was Professor of Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School.
Tweedy, fascinated by church architecture, was especially interested in matters of liturgy, art, and music–all overlapping pursuits. His written works reflected the union of the liturgical, artistic, and mundane. His credits included the following:
- The Minister and His Hymnal (1914);
- Religious Training in School and Home (1917);
- Doing Right: A Course in Character Building (1919);
- Training the Devotional Life (1919);
- Christian Work as Vocation (1922); and
- Christian Worship and Praise, a hymnal (1939) (http://www.hymnary.org/hymnal/CWP1939).
Our saint also wrote hymn texts, three of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog. “O Gracious Father of Mankind” (1925) won first place in a hymn competition which the Homiletic Review sponsored. Tweedy, dissatisfied with barely singable hymns, set out to write a very singable hymn with substance. He succeeded. “Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds” (1929), a missionary hymn, won another contest. And “O Spirit of the Living God” is another lovely, meaningful text.
The native of Binghamton, New York, died at Brattleburg, Vermont.
In 1942 Albert W. Palmer, President of The Chicago Theological Seminary, wrote the following in the Introduction to The Art of Conducting Public Worship:
The real miracle of worship is the actual spiritual communion with the divine which may take place, the imparting of transforming peace and power to jangled, beaten, discouraged lives.
Henry Hallam Tweedy understood this well and wrote accordingly.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
AUGUST 30, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF CHARLES CHAPMAN GRAFTON, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF FOND DU LAC
Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,
thank you for those (especially Henry Hallam Tweedy)
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
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