Feast of Emily Huntington Miller (October 22)   1 comment

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Above:  Bird’s-Eye View of Northwestern University, Circa 1907

Copyright Claimant = George R. Lawrence Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-53414

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EMILY HUNTINGTON MILLER (OCTOBER 22, 1833-NOVEMBER 2, 1913)

U.S. Methodist Author and Hymn Writer

Emily Huntington, daughter of the Reverend Thomas Huntington, a Methodist Episcopal minister at Brooklyn, Connecticut, entered the world there on October 22, 1833.  She graduated from Oberlin College in 1857 and married Professor John E. Miller three years later.  She devoted most of her professional life to writing prose and verse, mainly for children.

One outlet for her talents was editing magazines.  From 1867 to 1875 she edited The Little Corporal (1865-1875), a children’s magazine on which both Millers worked full-time for the last five years.  Financial realities overtook the publication, however, so St. Nicholas Magazine (1873-1940, 1943) absorbed The Little Corporal.  Our saint also worked as an Associate Editor at The Ladies Home Journal.

Hymntime.com lists thirty hymns which Miller wrote.  Among them are;

  1. I Love to Hear the Story” (1867, debuting in The Little Corporal);
  2. Tell the Blessed Tidings” (circa 1903);
  3. God of All Comfort;”
  4. Oh Realm of Light” (1893); and
  5. Enter Thy Temple, Glorious King!” (1861, for the dedication of the new building of First Methodist Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio).

Our saint also wrote books, including:

  1. The Parish of Fair Haven (1876);
  2. Captain Fritz:  His Friends and Adventures (1877);
  3. Little Neighbors (1879);
  4. What Tommy Did (1885);
  5. What Happened on Christmas Eve (1888);
  6. Helps and Hinderances (1892);
  7. Home Talk About the Word; for Mothers and Children (1894);
  8. From Avalon, and Other Poems (1896);
  9. An Offering of Thanks (1899); and
  10. The Little Lad of Bethlehem Town (1911).

Miller worked as the Dean of Women at Northwestern, Evanston, Illinois, from 1891 to 1898.  That institution awarded her the honorary degree L.H.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters) in 1909.

Our saint died at her brother’s home in Northfield, Minnesota, on November 2, 1913.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 25, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF JAMES BAR-ZEBEDEE, APOSTLE AND MARTYR

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Emily Huntington Miller 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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