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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