Feast of Shepherd Knapp (September 8)   1 comment

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

Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-D4-18892

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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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