Feast of Francis Pott (October 26)   1 comment

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FRANCIS POTT (DECEMBER 29, 1832-OCTOBER 26, 1909)

Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer and Translator

I live in an age when disregard for the beauty of worship and the literary quality of texts for that purpose seems to be ubiquitous, even among many religious people.  The proliferation of “seven-eleven” praise choruses is an especially distressing reality.  The witness of the life of Francis Pott (1832-1909) stands in contrast to such practices.

Pott, born in Southward, London, England, on December 19, 1832, graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford, earning his B.A. in 1854 and his M.A. three years later.  Our saint took Holy Orders in the Church of England in 1856 and served at Bishopsworth (1856-1858), Ardingley (1858-1861), Ticehurst (1861-1866), and Northill (1866-1891) before retiring due to deafness and moving to Speldhurst.

Pott contributed much to the church via writing.  He wrote a book on the Te Deum Laudamus and a pamphlet on the Athanasian Creed.  Our saint served on the committee which created Hymns, Ancient and Modern (1861).  He also edited Hymns Fitted to the Order of Common Prayer (first edition, 1861; second edition, 1866) and the Free Rhythm Psalter (1898).  The final volume flowed from his interest in reforming chanting in congregations.  To hymnals Pott contributed original hymns and English translations of Latin texts.  Our saint translated “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done,” “The Shepherd Now Was Smitten” (eight verses on the Conversion of St. Paul), and “The Year is Gone, Beyond Recall” (seven verses).  He also wrote an Ascension hymn, Lift Up Your Heads, Eternal Gates,” and “Angel Voices, Ever Singing,” among others.

Lift up your heads, eternal gates;

Ye everlasting doors, give way:

The King, the King of glory comes,

Ascending to His throne to-day!

Who is the King of glory?

Who is the King of glory?

It is the Lord of might,

The Victor in the fight,

Triumphant o’er the powers of night.

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Lift up your heads, eternal gates;

Ye gates of pearl, and streets of gold:

The King, the King of glory comes;

Before His chariot-wheels unfold!

Who is the King of glory?

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord of hosts is He,

The God of Majesty,

He is the King eternally.

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Now with the Father, God most High,

And with the Spirit, ever one,

The angels own the Christ, the King,

And bow before His shining throne.

He is the King of glory,

He is the King of glory!

Him let all earth adore:

To Him our praises pour,

For ever and for evermore.

Pott died on October 26, 1909.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 18, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, ANGLICAN DEAN OF WESTMINSTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF BARTHOLOME DE LAS CASAS, WITNESS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Francis Pott 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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