Feast of Jennette Threlfall (November 29)   Leave a comment

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 15, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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JENNETTE THRELFALL (MARCH 24, 1821-NOVEMBER 30, 1880)

English Hymn Writer

Jennette Threlfall had reasons to harbor resentment.  Her parents died when she was young.  Then accidents rendered the native of Blackburn, Lancashire, England, an invalid.  She spent her life in the care of relatives.  Despite Threlfall’s suffering, however, she had a positive attitude.  In “idle moments: she wrote poems, which she published in two volumes:  Woolsorrel, or, Leaves from a Retired Home (1856) and Sunshine and Shadow (1873).

Among her texts from Sunshine and Shadow was this Palm Sunday hymn:

Hosanna, loud hosanna,

The little children sang;

Thro’ pillared court and Temple

The lovely anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had blessed them,

Close folded to His breast,

The children sang their praises,

The simplest and the best.

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From Olivet they followed

Mid an exultant crowd;

The victor palm branch waving

And chanting clear and loud.

The Lord of men and angels

Rode on in lowly state

Nor scorned that little children

Should on His bidding wait.

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“Hosanna in the highest!”

That ancient song we sing,

For Christ is our Redeemer,

The Lord of heav’n our King.

Oh, may we even praise Him

With heart and life and voice

And in His blissful presence

Eternally rejoice.

Threlfall died at Westminster, Middlesex, England, on November 30, 1880.  Her life stood for, among other things, the principle that, although fait accomplis stand, our attitudes matter.  Some of the most sincere praises have arisen from contexts of suffering.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 17, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL CHRISTIAN ARTISTS

THE FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF JOHN BOWRING, ENGLISH UNITARIAN HYMN WRITER, SOCIAL REFORMER, AND PHILANTHROPIST

THE FEAST OF JULIA WARD HOWE, ABOLITIONIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Jennette Threlfall 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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