Feast of Theodor Liley Clemens (July 23)   Leave a comment

Antigua and St. Kitts 1951

Above:  Antigua, 1951

Scanned from Hammond’s Complete World Atlas (1951)

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THEODOR LILEY CLEMENS (DECEMBER 8, 1858-JULY 23, 1933)

English Moravian Minister, Missionary, and Composer

Theodor Liley Clemens, born at Baildon, Yorkshire, England, on December 8, 1858, was a career missionary in the Caribbean Basin.  He, the son of a Moravian minister, became one also.  Our saint, ordained in 1886, went to Spring Gardens, Antigua.

Trinidad and Tobago 1951

Above:  Trinidad and Tobago, 1951

Scanned from Hammond’s Complete World Atlas (1951)

Two years later he married Mary Mercer and transferred to the Moriah congregation on the island of Tobago.  There he remained until 1917.  During his nearly twenty-eight years at Moriah Clemens was active in his community and contributed greatly to the musical life of his congregation.  He trained a fine church choir.  And, since the church’s budget did not allow for imparting sheet music, he composed much music (vocal and instrumental).  Our saint also wrote about a hundred secular works.  Clemens was on disability leave from 1917 to 1919, but he served on the island of Trinidad from 1919 to 1921.  Then he returned to England.  Our saint died at Eydon on July 23, 1933.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 31, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CHARLES FREDERICK MACKENZIE, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CENTRAL AFRICA

THE FEAST OF HENRY TWELLS, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF MARY LUNDIE DUNCAN, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF MENNO SIMONS, MENNONITE LEADER

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Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant

Theodor Liley Clemens, whom you called to preach the Gospel

to the people of Antigua, Tobago, and Trinidad.

Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom,

that your church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 52:7-10

Isaiah 96 or 96:1-7

Acts 1:1-9

Luke 10:1-9

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 716

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