Above: Bewdley, England
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JOHN CAWOOD (MARCH 18, 1775-NOVEMBER 7, 1852)
Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer
One might derive many lessons from the life of John Cawood (1775-1852). Among them are the value of education, the imperative of creating opportunities for it, and the importance of of making the most of them.
Cawood came from a poor farming family at Matlock, Derbyshire, England. Thomas and Ann Cawood could not provide certain opportunities for their son; strained finances limited our saint’s early education. When Cawood was 18 years old (in 1793) he began to perform menial labor for one Reverend Cursham of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Four years later, after the Reverend Edmund Spencer of Winksfield, Wiltshire, had guided our saint’s education for three years, Cawood matriculated at Edmund Hall, Oxford. The Vice Principal, Isaac Crouch, helped our saint to succeed. Crouch graduated in 1801 with his undergraduate degree. The M.A. degree followed in 1807.
Cawood was a priest of the Church of England for more than half a century. He, ordained a deacon in 1800 and a priest in 1801, served as the Curate of Ribbesford and Dowles before, in 1814, becoming the Curate of St. Ann’s Chapel of Ease, Bewdley, Worcestershire. He held that post for the rest of his life. Over time Cawood wrote seventeen hymns, nine of which appeared in the eighth edition (1819) of Thomas Cotterill’s Selection of Psalms and Hymns. Some of our saint’s texts also filled pages 127-132 of Lyra Britannica: A Collection of British Hymns (1867).
Cawood died at Bewdley on November 7, 1852.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MAY 17, 2015 COMMON ERA
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON, FRANCISCAN
THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROSWELL DOANE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF ALBANY
Dear God of beauty,
you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to
John Cawood 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
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA
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THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR
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