Feast of John Brownlie (August 4)   1 comment

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JOHN BROWNLIE (AUGUST 3, 1859-NOVEMBER 18, 1925)

Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Translator of Hymns

John Brownlie (1859-1925) contributed much to his community and to the larger church.  His interest in hymnody led him to enrich the lives of Christians of his day and many of us born since then.  Our saint, educated at the University of Glasgow, became a minister of the Free Church of Scotland (1843-1900) then its successor, the United Free Church of Scotland (1900-1929).  From 1885 to 1890 he served as the assistant pastor of the congregation at Portpatrick, Wigtownshire; from 1890 he was the senior pastor.  From 1897 to 1901 our saint sat on the board of governors of Stranraer High School; in 1901 he became the chairman of the board.

Brownlie’s most enduring legacy is that of his contribution to English hymnody.  He translated many hymns into English and composed many original hymns.  And he published collections of these texts, original and translated.  A partial list of such volumes follows:

  1. Hymns of Our Pilgrimage (1889);
  2. Zionward:  Hymns of the Pilgrim Life (1890);
  3. Pilgrim Songs (1892);
  4. Hymns of the Early Church (1896);
  5. Hymns of the Greek Church (1900);
  6. Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church (1902);
  7. Hymns from the East (1907);
  8. Hymns of the Russian Church (1907);
  9. Hymns of the Apostolic Church (1909); and
  10. Hymns from the Morningland (1911).

Our saint also prepared Hymns and Hymn Writers of The Church Hymnary (1899), the companion volume to The Church Hymnary (1898).

The Church is better off for the talents of people such as John Brownlie applied to the glorification of God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 27, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE

THE FEAST OF ALLEN WILLIAM CHATFIELD, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HYMN WRITER, AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN COSIN, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF DURHAM

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM JONES, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND MUSICIAN

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially John Brownlie)

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

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

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

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