Feast of John Julian (January 22)   1 comment

York Minster

Above:  York Minster, the Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St. Peter, York, England, Between 1890 and 1910

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-D428-878

Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

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JOHN JULIAN (JANUARY 27, 1839-JANUARY 22, 1913)

Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, Hymn Translator, and Hymnologist

Hymnology is a wonderful field of study and one in which I collect books.  Many of the posts in this, the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, rely heavily on hymnal companion volumes.  These books, in turn, depend greatly on the works of pioneer hymnologists such as Louis FitzGerald Benson (1855-1930) and John Julian (1839-1913).

Our saint, the eldest son of Thomas Julian, entered the world at Topcliffe, Yorkshire, England, on January 27, 1839.  The great hymnologist, a priest of the Church of England since 1866, served as the Vicar of Wincobank (1876-1905), a Canon of York (1901-1913), and the Vicar of Topcliffe (1905-1913).  He was, of course, a scholar of worship.  His major works were:

  1. Concerning Hymns (1874);
  2. A Dictionary of Hymnology Setting Forth the Origin and History of All Ages and Nations with Special Reference to Those Contained in the Hymn Books of English-Speaking Countries and Now in Common Use Together with Biographical and Critical Notices of Their Authors and Translators and Historical Articles on National and Denominational Hymnody, Breviaries, Missals, Primers, Psalters, Sequences, &c, &c., &c.  (1892);
  3. History of the Use of Hymns in Public Worship, and Their Characteristics (1894); and
  4. Carols, Ancient and Modern (1900).

Julian (M.A., Durham University, 1887; D.D, Lambeth, 1894; LL.D., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1894) shared his bequeathed his large collection of books and manuscripts regarding hymnology with posterity. He gave it to the Church House, Dean’s Yard, London, where it became the hymnological department of the library.

Julian also wrote and translated hymns.  I have added some of them to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Our saint died at Thirsk, Yorkshire, England, on January 22, 1913.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 18, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [John Julian and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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