Feast of William Romanis (November 14)   1 comment

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WILLIAM ROMANIS (APRIL 30, 1824-NOVEMBER 13, 1899)

Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

To read or sing the words of a hymn attentively is a healthy practice.  To do so with the author’s life and/or the circumstances of the writing of the text in mind is better.  Thus I bring your attention, O reader, to the life of William Romanis (1824-1899.).  I found scant information about him, but here it is:

  1. Romanis came into this world at Westminster, Middlesex, England, on April 30, 1824.
  2. Romanis attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating with highest honors and his B.A. in 1846 and his M.A. three years later.
  3. Romanis took Anglican Holy Orders in 1847.
  4. Romanis belonged to the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church.
  5. Romanis was an assistant master in the classical department of Cheltenham College from 1846 to 1856.
  6. Romanis served as the Curate at Axminster then at St. Mary’s, Reading.  He published two volumes of Sermons Preached at St. Mary’s, Reading (1862 and 1864).
  7. Romanis served as the Vicar of Wigston Magna, Leicester, from 1863 to 1888.  In 1878 he published thirty-five texts in Hymns Written for Wigston Magna Church School.  Among these was “Round Me Falls the Night.”
  8. Romanis served as the Vicar of Twyford from 1888 to 1895.  He retired from there.
  9. Romanis died at Southsea, Port Sea, Hampshire, England, on November 13, 1899.

Much of the life of our saint consisted of mundane pastoral responsibilities which do not jump off the page or screen to impress many readers.  Yet “mundane” is a word which describes a great deal of daily holy living, is it not?  Our saint’s literary talent was not mundane, however, and we of today are fortunate to have access to that legacy of William Romanis.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNA E. B. ALEXANDER, EPISCOPAL DEACONESS

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN X OF DENMARK AND HAAKON VII OF NORWAY, KINGS

THE FEAST OF PAULINE SPERRY, POLITICAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN, ECUMENIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

William Romanis 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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