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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