Feast of Henry Downton (June 8)   1 comment

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Above:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08091

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HENRY DOWNTON (FEBRUARY 12, 1818-JUNE 8, 1885)

Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

Henry Downton, a priest of the Church of England, entered the world at Pulverbatch, Shropshire, England, on February 12, 1818.  His father was John Downton, sub-Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge.  That bookishness carried over to Henry, who graduated from Trinity College with his B.A. in 1840 and his M.A. three years later.

Our saint was a priest from 1843 to his death, in 1885.  In 1843 he became the Curate of Bembridge, Isle of Wight.  Four years later he began to serve as the Curate of Holy Trinity, Cambridge.  From 1849 to 1857 he was the Incumbent of St. John’s, Chatham.  In 1857 Downton became the English chaplain at Geneva, Switzerland.  Finally, in 1873, our saint began to serve as the Rector of Hopton, where he died on June 8, 1885.

Downton wrote and translated prose and hymns.  He contributed hymns to the Church of England Magazine the  published them in Hymns and Verses Original and Translated (1873).  Other published works were Holy Scriptures and the Temperance Question (1878) and The Heavenly Father:  Lectures on Modern Atheism, by Ernest Naville (1865).

One of Downton’s hymns was “For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace” (1841), which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 15, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Henry Downton and others, who have written and translated 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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