Feast of Nancy Byrd Turner (July 28)   2 comments

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Above:  The Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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NANCY BYRD TURNER (JULY 29, 1880-SEPTEMBER 5, 1971)

Poet, Editor, and Hymn Writer

Nancy Byrd Turner was a professional writer.  She, born at Boydton, Virginia, in 1880, was the daughter of Nancy Turner and Byrd Thornton Turner, an Episcopal priest.  She graduated from Hannah More Academy, Reisterstown, Maryland, an Episcopal boarding school for girls.  Our saint taught before turning to writing and editing, joining the editorial staff of The Youth’s Companion magazine (published in Boston, Massachusetts) in 1916; she edited the children’s page from 1918 to 1922.  Next she worked on the staff of The Independent, Boston (extant 1848-1928).  By 1928 she had joined the editorial staff of the Houghton Mifflin Company.  Over the decades of our saint’s life she also published in a variety of other magazines, such as The New Yorker and Good Housekeeping.  She also wrote fifteen books, including Zodiac Town:  The Rhymes of Amos and Anna (1921).

Turner, an excellent poet, wrote a hymn, “O Son of God, Who Walked Each Day,” for The Church School Hymnal for Youth (1928), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (1869-1958).

Our saint retired to Ashland, Virginia, where she worked as a freelance writer and from which she traveled as a lecturer.  She, the recipient of the Golden Rose Prize (1930) of the New England Club and the 1948 poetry prize of the Virginia Writer’s Club, died in 1971.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 25, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Nancy Byrd Turner

and all those who with words have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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