Feast of Denis Wortman (August 28)   2 comments

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DENIS WORTMAN (APRIL 30, 1835-AUGUST 28, 1922)

U.S. Dutch Reformed Minister and Hymn Writer

Reading about lives of hymn writers proves to be a rewarding experience for me.  Texts which we sing have background stories, as do their authors.  Understanding about these helps one grasp a text well.

Denis Wortman (1835-1922), born at Hopewell, New York, earned his B.A. at Amherst College in 1857 then attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1860.  Our saint, ordained a minister of the Reformed Church in America, served at the following places:

  1. Brooklyn, New York;
  2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
  3. Schenectady, New York;
  4. Fort Plain, New York; and
  5. Saugerties, New York.

For seventeen years he served as the Secretary of Ministerial Relief on the denominational level.  And, in 1901, he was the President of the General Synod.

Wortman published.  His Discourse on the Death of President Lincoln (1865) reflected positively on the recently assassinated leader.  Reliques of the Christ (1888) and The Divine Processional (1903) followed.  He also wrote hymns, some of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

One may access our saints’ papers at the New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts section.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICHOLAS KASATKIN, ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF ALL JAPAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSKAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF HAMBURG-BREMEN

THE FEAST OF GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Denis Wortman 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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