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Feast of Francis Turner Palgrave (September 29)   1 comment

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FRANCIS TURNER PALGRAVE (SEPTEMBER 28, 1824-OCTOBER 24, 1897)

Anglican Poet, Art Critic, and Hymn Writer

Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897) was son Sir Francis Palgrave (1788-1861), a historian of great note.  Our saint, a poet, art critic, and hymn writer, came from greatness, which he extended.  Both father and son seem especially impressive after one types their names into the search bar at archive.org, something I encourage you, O reader, to do.

Our saint, born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, attended university at Oxford.  For five years he served as Vice President of Kneller Hall.  He also worked as Examiner and Assistant Secretary in the education department of the Privy Council.  Palgrave, appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1885, had a variety of publications, including:

  1. Idylls and Songs (1854);
  2. The Golden Treasury of English Lyrics (1864, as Editor);
  3. Essays on Art (1866);
  4. Hymns (1867);
  5. Lyrical Poems (1871); and
  6. The Treasury of Sacred Song (1889).

Palgrave also wrote at least seventeen hymns whose names I have seen on hymnody websites.  He tried

to write hymns which should have more distinct matter for thought and feeling than many in our collections offer….

–quoted in Handbook to The Hymnal (1935), pages 59-60

I have added some of these thought-provoking texts to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  Here is another one of Palgrave’s hymns (this one from 1867), courtesy of The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States:

O thou not made with hands,

Not throned above the skies,

Nor walled with shining walls,

Nor framed with stones of price,

More bright than gold or gem,

God’s own Jerusalem.

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Where’er the gentle heart

Finds courage from above,

Where’er the heart forsook

Warms with the breath of love,

Where faith bids fear depart,

City of God, thou art.

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Thou art where’er the proud

In humbleness melts down,

Where self itself yields up,

Where martyrs win their crown,

Where faithful souls possess

Themselves in perfect peace.

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Where in life’s common ways

With cheerful feet we go,

When in His steps we tread

Who trod the way of woe,

Where He is in the heart,

City of God, thou art.

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Not throned above the skies,

Nor golden-walled afar,

But where Christ’s two or three

In his name gathered are,

Be in the midst of them,

God’s own Jerusalem.

Our saint died at Kensington, London, England, in 1897.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ONESIMUS, BISHOP OF BYZANTIUM

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAEDMON, POET

THE FEAST OF CHARLES FREER ANDREWS, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF RENE DESCARTES, PHILOSOPHER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Francis Turner Palgrave and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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Feast of Eliza Scudder (September 27)   1 comment

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Above:  The Flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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ELIZA SCUDDER (NOVEMBER 14, 1821-SEPTEMBER 27, 1896)

U.S. Unitarian then Episcopalian Hymn Writer

Eliza Scudder, whose Hymns and Sonnets (1880) I found at archive.org, was born at Boston, Massachusetts.  Her father, a businessman, died when she was a baby.  Our saint, who had poor eyesight throughout her life, lived with family.  Usually she dwelt with her older sister.  Later in life health issues required Scudder to alternate between living in the North and residing in the South, according to the weather.  This forced separation, although seasonal, distressed our saint.  The two sisters died two hours (at Weston, Massachusetts) on the same day, September 27, 1896.

Scudder, a skilled writer, wrote hymns, some of which her uncle, the Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876), author of “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” published.  Late in life, however, our saint, influenced by Phillips Brooks, author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” abandoned Unitarianism and became an Episcopalian.  She died an associate of the Sisterhood of Saint Margaret.

I have added some of Scudder’s hymns to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BENEDICT OF ARIANE, RESTORER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM; AND SAINT ARDO, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF HENRY WILLIAMS BAKER, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF PHILIP ARMES, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT SCHOLASTICA, ABBESS AT PLOMBARIOLA

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Eliza Scudder and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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Feast of Henry Hart Milman (September 24)   1 comment

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Above:  St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Between 1910 and 1920

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HENRY HART MILMAN (FEBRUARY 10, 1791-SEPTEMBER 24, 1868)

Anglican Dean, Translator, Historian, Theologian, and Hymn Writer

Henry Hart Milman was a scholar and a clergyman.  Some accused him of being to much a rationalist and a scholar, but his hymn texts, some of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog, reveal his piety well.

Our saint, son of Sir Francis Milman, physician to King George III (reigned 1760-1820), pursued a literary, historical, and theological path.  Milman, educated at Greenwich then Eton then Brasenose College, Oxford, won the Newdigate Prize for his Belvidere Apollo and became a fellow of the college.  Our saint, after his brilliant career as a student at Oxford, took Anglican Holy Orders.  He served at St. Mary’s, Reading (1818-1821), as a Professor at Oxford (1821-1831, and as Bampton Lecturer in 1827), as Canon of Westminster and Rector of St. Margaret’s (1835-1849), and as Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (1849-1868).

The man was multi-talented.  He wrote dramas, including the acclaimed Fazio.  Our saint, among the earliest Western translators of texts from the Indian subcontinent, published Nala and Damayanti, and Other Poems (1835).  His Poetical Works filled three volumes.  Our saint edited Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) then published the Life of Gibbon the following year.  And Milman, a historian, wrote multi-volume works such as History of the Jews (1830), History of Christianity from the Birth of Christ to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire (1840), and History of Latin Christianity to the Pontificate of Nicholas V (1856).  I have found the extend of his works available at archive.org impressive, thus I encourage you, O reader, to visit that website and find all the Milman texts your intellect might crave.

Milman also wrote thirteen hymns at the suggestion of his good friend, Bishop Reginald Heber.  These texts appeared in Heber’s posthumous Hymns Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Year (1827).  (The initials H.M.M. appear at the top of Milman’s hymns in the book.)  Among his greatest hymns was “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty,” a Palm Sunday text.

Milman was also a theological pioneer of sorts. His History of the Jews (1830), which was sympathetic to them, caused a great controversy, which led to official censure by ecclesiastical authorities and a temporary halt in the publication of the volumes.  (Revised editions followed in time.)  The cause of the uproar was Milman’s introduction of rationalistic German theology into England–at least what the Presbyterian Handbook to the Hymnal (1935) called

the first decisive inroad of German theology into England.

–page 164

In plain English, Milman minimized the miraculous and sought, with academic rigor, natural explanations.  That was fine, for God does work through nature, does God not?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 9, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF BENJAMIN SCHMOLCK, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER, ENGLISH POET AND FEMINIST

THE FEAST OF HANNAH GRIER COOME, FOUNDER OF THE SISTERHOOD OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE

THE FEAST OF JOHN HOOPER, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER

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

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Henry Hart Milman 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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Feast of Gerard Moultrie (September 17)   1 comment

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Above:  From the School, Shrewsbury, England, Between 1890 and 1900

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GERARD MOULTRIE (SEPTEMBER 19, 1829-APRIL 25, 1885)

Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, and Translator of Hymns

Gerard Moultrie, so far as I knew before beginning work on this post, was the man who translated “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” which I have sung many times from The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopalian, 1985), from the Liturgy of Saint James in 1864.  (Aside:  Yes, the copyright date in The Hymnal 1982 is 1985.  The General Convention of 1982 approved the texts, hence the book’s name.  See also David Sumner, The Episcopal Church’s History, 1945-1985 (1987), pages 117-118).  That was the almost all of my knowledge of Gerard Moultrie.  It was accurate yet only a beginning.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

And with fear and trembling stand;

Ponder nothing earthly-minded,

For with blessing in His hand,

Christ our God to earth descendeth,

Our full homage to demand.

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King of kings, yet born of Mary,

As of old on earth He stood,

Lord of lords, in human vesture–

In the body and the blood–

He will give to all the faithful

His own self for heavenly food.

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Rank on rank the host of heaven

Spreads its vanguard on the way,

As the Light of light descendeth

From the realms of endless day,

That the powers of hell may vanish

As the darkness clears away.

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At His feet the six-winged seraph;

Cherubim, with sleepless eye,

Veil their faces to the presence,

As with ceaseless voice they cry,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Alleluia, Lord Most High!

That text is obviously eucharistic.  To be precise, it occurs as the server carries the bread and wine to the high altar so the priest can bless them.  One may find the text in many contemporary hymnals and in Lyra Eucharistica (1864).

Here are other interesting details:  Gerard Moultrie was a descendant of a South Carolina Loyalist (his great-grandfather) who moved to England at the outbreak of the U.S. War for Independence.  Our saint’s great-granduncle, however, was William Moultrie (1730-1805), a General in the Continental Army then Governor of South Carolina (1785-1787 and 1792-1794). As I tell my U.S. History I students, the U.S. War for Independence was also a civil war.  

Moultrie, Georgia, where I attended public school from 1986 to 1989, takes its name from General Moultrie.

Our saint was born at the rectory, Rugby, England, in 1829.  He, educated at Rugby School then at Exeter College, Oxford (B.A., 1851; M.A., 1856), took Anglican Holy Orders.  He held the following appointments:

  1. Chaplain to Shrewsbury School and to the Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry (1855-1859);
  2. Curate at Brinfield, Berkshire (1860-1864);
  3. Chaplain to the Donative of Barrow Gurney, Bristol (1864-1869);
  4. Vicar of Southleigh (1869-1885); and
  5. Warden of St. James’s College, Southleigh (1873-1885).

Here is another Moultrie translation of a Christian text of antiquity:

Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night,

And blest is he whose loins are gift, whose lamp is burning bright;

But woe to that dull servant  whom the Master shall surprise

With lamp untrimmed, unburning, and with slumber in his eyes.

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Do thou, my soul, beware, beware lest thou in sleep sink down,

Lest thou be given o’er to death, and lose the golden crown;

But see that thou be sober, with a watchful eye, and thus

Cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy God, have mercy upon us!”

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That day, the day of fear, shall come:  my soul, slack not thy toil,

But light thy lamp, and feed it well, and make it bright with oil;

Who knowest not how soon may sound the cry at eventide,

“Behold, the Bridegroom comes!  Arise!  Go forth to meet the Bride!”

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Beware, my soul!  take then good heed lest thou in slumber lie,

And, like the five, remain without, and knock, and vainly cry;

But watch, and bear thy lamp undimmed, and Christ shall gird thee on

His own bright wedding-robe of light,–the glory of the Son.

Moultrie wrote at least thirty-eight hymns and translated others from Greek, Latin, and German.  One of his original hymns was:

Refrain:  

We march, we march to victory,

With the cross of the Lord before us,

With his loving eye looking down from the sky,

And his holy arm spread o’er us, his holy arm spread o’er us.

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We come on the might of the Lord of light,

With armor bright to meet him;

And we put to flight the armies of night,

That the sons of the day may greet him,

The sons of the day may greet him.

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Refrain

Our sword is the Spirit of God on high,

Our helmet is his salvation,

Our banner, the Cross of Calvary,

Our watchword the Incarnation,

Our watchword, the Incarnation.

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Refrain

And the choir of angels with song awaits

Our march to the golden Zion,

For our Captain has broken the brazen gates,

And burst the bars of iron,

And burst the bars of iron.

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Refrain

Then onward we march, our arms to prove,

With the banner of Christ before us,

With his eye of love looking down from above,

And his holy arm spread o’er us,

His holy arm spread o’er us.

A partial publication history of our saint follows:

  1. Hymns from the Post Reformation Editions (1864);
  2. The Primer Set Forth at Large for the Use of the Faithful (1864);
  3. The Devout Communicant (1867);
  4. Hymns and Lyrics for the Seasons and Saints’ Days of the Church (1867);
  5. The Espousals of St. Dorothea and Other Verses (1870);
  6. Six Years’ Work at Southleigh (1875); and
  7. Cantica Sanctorum, or, Hymns for the Black Letter Saints’ Days in the English and Scottish Calendars (1880).

I have added another text, “There Came Three Kings, Ere Break of Day,” to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Gerard Moultrie was a much more interesting (in a good way) man than I used to suspect.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN

THE FEAST OF SAINTS JOHN OF MALTA AND FELIX OF VALOIS, FOUNDERS OF THE ORDER OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

THE FEAST OF SAINT JEROME EMILIANI, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

THE FEAST OF WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK, U.S. ARMY GENERAL

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Gerard Moultrie and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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Feast of Anne Houlditch Shepherd (September 11)   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Promenade, Isle of Wight, Between 1890 and 1900

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ANNE HOULDITCH SHEPHERD (SEPTEMBER 11, 1809-JANUARY 7, 1857)

Anglican Novelist and Hymn Writer

Anne Houlditch Shepherd, author of sixty-four hymns, was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight.  She, daughter of the Reverend Edward H. Houlditch, an Anglican rector, married S. Saville Shepherd in 1843.  Before our saint married she published (in 1836) the first edition of Hymns Adapted to the Comprehension of Young Minds (third edition in 1847; fifth edition in 1855).  She also wrote two religious novels, Ellen Seymour (1848) and Reality (1852).

Among our saint’s hymns was “Around the Throne of God in Heaven,” originally six stanzas long.  There is, according to research I have conducted, a tradition (going back to at least the 1850s) of altering the original text, especially the refrain as well as the third line of the penultimate stanza.  The altered refrain is:

Singing, “Glory, glory, glory be to God on high.”

And the altered third line of the penultimate stanza is:

Bathed in that pure and precious flood.”

The original, full text, as printed in Lyra Britannica (1867), in which it appears with other hymns by our saint, follows:

Around the throne of God in heaven,

Thousands of children stand,

Children whose sins are all forgiven,

A holy, happy band,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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In flowing robes of spotless white

See every one arrayed;

Dwelling in everlasting light

And joys never fade,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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Once they were little things like you,

And lived on earth below,

And could not praise as how they do

The Lord who loved them so,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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Because the Saviour shed his blood

To wash away their sin;

Bathed in that precious purple flood,

Behold them white and clean,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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On earth they sought the Saviour’s grace,

On earth they loved his Name;

So now they see his blessed face,

And stand before the Lamb,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

Our saint died at Blackheath, Kent, England, in 1857.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MOSES, APOSTLE TO THE SARACENS

THE FEAST OF SAINT APOLLONIA, MARTYR AT ALEXANDRIA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BLAISE OF SEBASTE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF GREGORIO ALLEGRI, COMPOSER

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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 Anne Houlditch Shepherd

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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Feast of Shepherd Knapp (September 8)   1 comment

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Above:  Central Church and Armory, Worcester, Massachusetts, Circa 1906

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SHEPHERD KNAPP (SEPTEMBER 8, 1873-JANUARY 11, 1946)

U.S. Congregationalist Minister and Hymn Writer

Shepherd Knapp (1873-1946), a minister wrote at least four hymns, one of which, “Lord God of Hosts, Whose Purpose, Never Swerving,” he wrote for the Men’s Association of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, New York, in 1907, while he was Assistant Pastor there.  I have added that text and another one to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Knapp, born in New York, New York, graduated from Columbia College in 1894 and from Yale University School three years later.  He served at least three congregations:

  1. First Congregational Church, Southington, Connecticut (1897-1900);
  2. Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, New York (1901-1908, as Assistant Pastor); and
  3. Central Congregational Church, Worcester, Massachusetts (1908-1936).

Our saint’s partial publication history was:

  1. Personal Records of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 1809-1908 (1909, as editor);
  2. History of the Brick Presbyterian Church (1909);
  3. The War’s Need of Christ:  A Palm Sunday Sermon (1917);
  4. Christianity and War (1917);
  5. On the Edge of the Storm:  The Story of a Year in France (1921);
  6. Old Joe and Other Vesper Stories (1922); and
  7. The Liberated Bible:  The Old Testament (1941).

Knapp died in 1946.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Shepherd Knapp and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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Feast of Aaron Robarts Wolfe (September 6)   1 comment

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AARON ROBARTS WOLFE (SEPTEMBER 6, 1821-OCTOBER 6, 1902)

U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

Aaron Robarts Wolfe, U.S. Presbyterian (New School) minister and educator, also wrote a few hymns.  He, born at Mendham, New Jersey, in 1821, graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1844 and from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, seven years later.  Our saint, whom the Third Presbytery of New York licensed to preach in 1851, served as principal of a school for young women in Tallahassee, Florida, from 1852 to 1855.  Then he returned to the North, where he founded the Hillside Seminary for Young Ladies, Montclair, New Jersey, and served as its principal, retiring finally in 1872 due to ill health.

In 1858 Wolfe submitted seven hymns to Church Melodies:  A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, with Appropriate Music, edited by Thomas Hastings and Thomas S. Hastings.  I have added some of these texts to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  The other titles were:

  1. “Draw Near, O Holy Love, Draw Near;”
  2. “How Blest Indeed are They;”
  3. “My God, I Thank Thee for the Guide;” and
  4. “Mysterious Influence Divine.”

One of Wolfe’s stanzas has stood out in my mind more than any other:

Complete in thee, each want supplied,

And no good thing to me denied,

Since thou my portion, Lord, wilt be,

I ask no more, complete in thee.

–from “Complete in Thee.”

Those words of trust in God speak to my life.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT AVITUS OF VIENNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDWARD HAYES PLUMPTRE, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST OF THE MARTYRS OF JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILEAS AND PHILOROMUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Aaron Robarts Wolfe and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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