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Feast of Alice Freeman Palmer (December 2)   1 comment

Alice Freeman Palmer

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ALICE FREEMAN PALMER (FEBRUARY 21, 1855-DECEMBER 6, 1902)

U.S. Educator and Hymn Writer

Alice Freeman Palmer was a pioneer in the education of women.

Our saint, born Alice Elvira Freeman, grew up a farm girl outside Windsor, New York.  She contradicted dominant gender-based expectations of the time by attending college–even breaking off an engagement to do so.  She attended the University of Michigan to 1872 to 1876, graduating with her B.A. degree.  For a year Freeman taught at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Then, from 1877 to 1879, she served as the principal of a high school at Saginaw, Michigan.  Our saint was the Chair of the Department of History, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, from 1879 to 1881, after which she became the Vice President and Acting President of the college.  She became the first female president of a nationally known college or university in the United States, serving as President without “Acting” in the title from 1885 to 1887.

Then our saint made two important decisions.  In 1887 she married Dr. George Herbert Palmer, a professor of philosophy at Harvard College, and resigned the presidency of Wellesley College.  (She served as the President again in 1889-1890.)  Our saint devoted herself to hobbies, started giving speeches advocating the education of women on par with men, and wrote poetry.  She also attempted the administration of Harvard College to admit women.  From 1892 to 1895 our saint served as non-resident Dean of Women at the then-young University of Chicago, spending just twelve weeks a year in Chicago.  She proved crucial to the success of the nascent university, but male chauvinism led to policy makers ignoring her suggestions, so she resigned.

The educational pioneer, who had helped to found the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (now the American Association of University Women) in 1881  and received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1892, served on the Massachusetts Board of Education for years.  Our saint, who contributed to her society, abandoned her earlier hope that, after a brief period of adjustment, men would accept women as equals.

Palmer’s publications included the following:

  1. Wellesley Lyrics:  Poems Written by Students and Graduates of Wellesley College (1896);
  2. Why Go to College? An Address (1897); and
  3. A Marriage Cycle (published posthumously, 1915)

One of Palmer’s poems became a commonly published hymn, “How Sweet and Silent is the Place” (1901).

Our saint and her husband were taking a sabbatical in Paris, France, in 1901, when she required liver surgery.  She died peacefully shortly thereafter.

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Almighty God, we thank you for your servant Alice Freeman Palmer,

who helped to pave the way for equal educational opportunities for women

and who opposed sexism.

May her work continue in our time,

as the struggle to recognize the image of God in females

remains unfinished business in places near and far.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

your beloved Son.  Amen.

Judges 4:1-11, 23-24

Psalm 119:33-40

Galatians 3:23-29

Luke 10:38-42

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 31, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, FOUNDER OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS

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Feast of Rossiter Worthington Raymond (December 31)   1 comment

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Above:  Rossiter Worthington Raymond

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ROSSITER WORTHINGTON RAYMOND (APRIL 27, 1840-DECEMBER 31, 1918)

U.S. Poet, Novelist, Mining Engineer, Attorney, and Congregationalist Hymn Writer

The purpose of this post is to explain the life of an accomplished man.  A full accounting of his life, with all the honors he received and the beneficial deeds he committed would require a lengthy book.  (A link to a short one is here.)  This post, however, can contain the essential flavor of the life of this great man.

Rossiter Worthington Raymond entered the world at Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 27, 1840.  His parents were Robert Raikes Raymond (1817-1888) and Mary Anne Pratt Raymond.  Robert, who had been a conductor on the Underground Railroad, went on to edit a newspaper, teach English at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and serve as the Principal of the Boston School of Oratory.  His publications included the following:

  1. The Patriotic Speaker:  Consisting of Specimens of Modern Eloquence, Together with Poetic Extracts Adapted for Recitation, and Dramatic Pieces for Exhibitions (1864);
  2. The Case of the Rev. E. B. Fairfield; Being an Examination of His “Review of the Case of Henry Ward Beecher,” Together with His “Reply” and a Rejoiner (1874);
  3. Shakespeare for the Young Folk (1881); and
  4. Melody in Speech:  A Book of Principle, Precept, and Practice in Inflection and Emphasis (published posthumously and edited by our saint, 1893).

Our saint was a well-educated man.  He attended school at Syracuse, New York, before moving on to the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (Class of 1858); the Royal Mining Academy at Freiberg, Saxony; the University of Heidelberg; and the University of Munich.  He served in the United States Army as an aide-de-camp to General John C. Fremont during the Civil War.  Then our saint really put his education to use.

Raymond was an excellent mining engineer.

  1. He worked as an engineer in private practice for a few years before becoming the editor of the American Journal of Mining in 1867.  In that capacity (through 1890) our saint criticized corrupt and inefficient mining corporations.
  2. For eight years (1868-1876) Raymond served as the U.S. Commissioner of Mining Statistics.  He wrote excellent reports to Congress.  These documents remain essential historical documents.
  3. In the 1860s Raymond helped to found the American Mining Bureau, forerunner of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), which he also helped to found.  Our saint served the AIME as a Vice President in 1871, 1876, and 1877, as the President in 1872-1875, and a the Secretary from 1884 to 1911.  In 1945 the AIME established the Rossiter Worthington Raymond Award for the best paper by a member younger than 33 years old.
  4. Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, awarded Raymond an honorary doctorate in 1868.  He was Professor of Ore Deposits there from 1870 to 1882.
  5. Our saint participated in the modernization of Japan for a quarter of a century.  Thus, in 1911, the Japanese government made him a Chevalier of the Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class, the highest honor it gave foreign commoners.
  6. He was also an expert in mining law, advising the U.S. Supreme Court prior to becoming an attorney in 1898.  In 1903 Raymond became a Lecturer on Mining Law at Columbia University, New York, New York.
  7. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, awarded him the Doctor of Laws degree in 1906.

Raymond’s engineering skills extended to areas beyond mining.  From 1885 to 1889, for example, he served as one of the New York state commissioners of electrical subways for Brooklyn.

Our saint, for half a century the Sunday School superintendent at Plymouth Congregational Church, Brooklyn, New York, wrote hymns, most of which have fallen out of favor with hymnal committees.  I have added one of these texts, “Far Out on the Desolate Billow,” to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  Among his other hymns was the following text for the Feast of the Epiphany:

There’s a beautiful star, a beautiful star,

That weary trav’lers have followed afar;

Shining so brightly all the way,

Till it stood o’er the place where the young Child lay.

Refrain:

Star, star, beautiful star!

Pilgrims weary we are;

To Jesus, to Jesus,

We follow thee from afar.

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In the land of the East, in the shadows of night,

We saw the glory of thy new light;

Telling to us, in our distant home,

The Lord, our Redeemer, to earth had come!

Refrain

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We have gold for tribute and gifts for prayer,

Sweet incense, myrrh, and spices rare:

All that we have we hither bring,

To lay it with joy at the feet of the King.

Refrain

Raymond‘s books and other publications in various genres included the following:

  1. The Mines of the West:  A Report to the Secretary of the Treasury (1869);
  2. Mineral Resources of the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1869);
  3. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1870)
  4. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1871)
  5. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1872);
  6. An Address at the Dedication of Pardee Hall, Lafayette College, October 21, 1873 (1873);
  7. Brave Hearts (1873);
  8. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1873);
  9. Silver and Gold:  An Account of the Mining and Metallurgical Industry of the United States, with Reference Chiefly to the Precious Metals (1873);
  10. The Man in the Moon and Other People (1874);
  11. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1874);
  12. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1875)
  13. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1876);
  14. Statistics of Mines and Mining in the States and Territories West of the Rocky Mountains (1877);
  15. The Book of Job:  Essays and a Metrical Paraphrase (1878);
  16. The Merry-Go-Round (1880);
  17. Camp and Cabin:  Sketches of Life and Travel in the West (1880);
  18. A Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms (1881);
  19. The Life of Peter Cooper (1897);
  20. Mining Law in British Columbia, Mexico, and the United States (1897)
  21. Introduction to The New Puritanism (1898);
  22. Biographical notice in The Genesis of Ore Deposits (1902);
  23. The Feast of Lights (1910); and
  24. Christus Consolator, and Other Poems (1916).

Our saint, who completed many tasks in a myriad of contexts with excellence, died of heart failure at Brooklyn on December 31, 1918.  He was 78 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 31, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, FOUNDER OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Rossiter Worthington Raymond 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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Feast of Allen Eastman Cross (December 30)   1 comment

Milford, Massachusetts, 1888

Above:  Milford, Massachusetts, 1888

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ALLEN EASTMAN CROSS (DECEMBER 30, 1864-APRIL 23, 1942)

U.S. Congregationalist Minister and Hymn Writer

My grand tour of selected old hymnals brought the name of Allen Eastman Cross to my attention.  Our saint, born at Manchester, New Hampshire, on December 30, 1864, attended Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, before studying at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts (B.A., 1866) and the related theological seminary (B.D, 1891).  Cross, ordained a Congregationalist minister in 1892, served as the pastor of the following congregations:

  1. Cliftondale Congregational Church, Cliftondale, Massachusetts (1892-1896);
  2. Springfield Park Congregational Church, Springfield, Massachusetts (1896-1901);
  3. Third Congregational Church (Old South Church), Boston, Massachusetts (1901-1911), as Associate Minister; and
  4. First Congregational Church, Milford, Massachusetts (1914-1925).

Between his tenures in Boston and Milford Cross traveled the world, visiting missionary outposts of various denominations.  Our saint, who received a D.D. degree from Dartmouth College in 1906, retired to Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1925, and started what he called his “ministry of writing.”  Two books–Pass on the Torch (1929), a volume of poetry, and Thunder Over Jerusalem (1936)–resulted.

Cross wrote hymns, most of which have fallen out of favor with hymnal committees.  That is unfortunate, for much of what has met with the favor of hymnal committees in recent decades has been substandard, often with a few words repeated frequently.  The dumbing down of hymnody has been in progress for at least half a century, and the wordy hymns of the Reverend Cross seem not to fit in anymore.

Our saint died at Manchester on April 23, 1942.  He was 77 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 30, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PINCHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HORATIUS BONAR, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ABOLITIONIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Allen Eastman Cross 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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Feast of William John Blew (November 20)   Leave a comment

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WILLIAM JOHN BLEW (APRIL 13, 1808-DECEMBER 27, 1894)

English Priest and Translator of Hymns

Robert Campbell (1814-1868) was a Tractarian who translated hymns from Latin into English.  So was William John Blew (1808-1894), a native of London and a priest of The Church of England.  Blew, who attended Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1830; M.A., 1832), took Holy Orders and served as, in order:

  1. the Curate of Nuthurst and Cocking;
  2. the Curate of St. Anne’s, Westminster; and
  3. the Incumbent of St. John’s, near Gravesend.

Many of Blew’s translations debuted as single-sheet copies for use in his congregation, but The Church Hymn and Tune Book (First Edition, 1852; Second Edition, 1855), which he and Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876) edited, shared them with a larger audience.  Among the translations our saint prepared was the following, a collaboration with Edward Caswall (1814-1878):

All ye a certain cure who seek

In trouble and distress,

Whatever griefs the spirit break,

Or sins the soul oppress:

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Jesus, who gave Himself for men,

Upon the cross to die,

For you unlocks His heart; O then

Unto that heart draw nigh!

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Ye hear His gracious voice and free,

Ye hear His summons blest:

“O all ye weary, come to me,

And I will give you rest!”

Our saint’s publications included more than translations of hymns:

  1. The Iliad, Books I and II (1831)
  2. Ecclesia Dei:  A Vision of the Church (1848);
  3. Breviarium Aberdonense (1854);
  4. Hymns and Hymn-Books, with a Few Words on Anthems:  A Letter to the Rev. William Upton Richards, M.A. (1858);
  5. God Save the Men of Denmark! (1864);
  6. On the New Latin Prayer-Books:  A Letter to a Friend in the Shires (1865);
  7. Church Life:  Its Grounds and Obligations (1867); and
  8. The Second Year of the Reign of King Edward VI:  The Altar Service of the Church of England for That Year, to Which is Added That of the Third Year (1549) (1877).

Blew died on December 27, 1894.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 30, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PINCHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HORATIUS BONAR, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ABOLITIONIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

William John Blew and others, who have 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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Feast of Robert Campbell (December 19)   2 comments

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ROBERT CAMPBELL (DECEMBER 19, 1814-DECEMBER 29, 1868)

Scottish Episcopalian then Roman Catholic Translator of Hymns

His translations are smooth, musical, and well sustained.

William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal (1942), page 489

Robert Campbell, a native of Trochraig, Ayrshire, Scotland, was an attorney with theological interests.  Manifestations of theology included translating hymns from Latin and working to improve the lives of poor people, especially young ones, via a focus on their education, in particular.  In 1848 our saint began to translate hymns from Latin.  Some of those renderings debuted in print in Hymns and Anthems for Use in the Holy Services of the Church within the United Diocese of St. Andrews, Dunkeld, and Dunblane (1850), a.k.a. the St. Andrews Hymnal.  Other translations were “At the Lamb’s High Feast” and “Christians, Come in Sweetest Measures.”  The traditional attribution of the latter hymn to Adam of St. Victor (died between 1172 and 1192) has come into question, but the text is wonderful nonetheless.

Campbell converted from the Scottish Episcopal Church to the Roman Catholic Church in 1852.  He continued to work with the impoverished youth and to translate hymns from Latin.  He died at Edinburgh on December 29, 1868, aged 54 years.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 30, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PINCHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HORATIUS BONAR, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ABOLITIONIST

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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Feast of Dorothy Ann Thrupp (December 14)   1 comment

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DOROTHY ANN THRUPP (JUNE 20, 1779-DECEMBER 14, 1847)

English Hymn Writer

We know little about the life of Dorothy Ann Thrupp, a hymn writer and a member of The Church of England, for she not only chose not to attract attention to herself, but she worked to deflect attention.  Historical records tell us that her birthplace was London (on June 20, 1779), that her parents were Joseph Thrupp (1747-1821) and Mary Burgan Thrupp (1757-1795), and that she died in London on December 14, 1847.  Documents also tell us that Thrupp wrote under the pseudonym “Iota” and that she published hymns in several publications and books:

  1. the Friendly Visitor and the Children’s Friend, by W. Carus Wilson;
  2. A Selection of Hymns and Poetry, for the Use of Infant Schools and Nurseries (1838), by Mrs. Herbert Mayo (I wonder what her first name was);
  3. Hymns for the Young (1836), by our saint; and
  4. Thoughts for the Day (1836 and 1837), a daily devotional guide.

Thrupp’s most famous hymn was “Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (1838).

One can document with relative ease the life of one who seeks to glorify himself or herself.  Often many of the details prove to be less than flattering, as in the case of Czarina Elizabeth of Russia.  Dorothy Ann Thrupp, however, presents us with a different reality.  She kept her private life private and sought to glorify God.  Her writings have remained as testimonies to her character.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 30, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PINCHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HORATIUS BONAR, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ABOLITIONIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Dorothy Ann Thrupp 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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Feast of Ralph Wardlaw (December 15)   1 comment

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Above:  Glasgow Bridge, Glasgow, Scotland, 1890

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RALPH WARDLAW (DECEMBER 22, 1779-DECEMBER 15, 1853)

Scottish Congregationalist Minister, Hymn Writer, and Liturgist

He had a powerful mind,  was a doughty controversialist on the chief problems of his time, and published a number of theological, expository works.

James Moffatt, The Handbook to the Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), page 529

Ralph Wardlaw came from a Scottish Presbyterian family.  His father was a merchant and a magistrate of Glasgow.  His mother descended from the Reverend Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754), who broke away from The Church of Scotland in 1733 ad founded the Associate Presbytery (the United Secession Church).  (The United Secession Church merged into the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland (1847-1900), which became part of the United Free Church of Scotland (1900-1929), which reunited with The Church of Scotland.)  Wardlaw studied the arts at Glasgow University before turning his attention to theology at the Theological Hall of the United Secession Church.

Then our saint became a Congregationalist.  He joined the Congregational Union of Scotland (1812-2000), which merged into The United Reformed Church (1972-).  Wardlaw served one church in Glasgow.  In 1811 he helped to found the theological seminary of the Congregational Union; he taught there for about forty years.  (His roles as pastor and professor overlapped temporally.)  Chorley turned down positions elsewhere to remain in Glasgow.  He published many works of theology, opposed the African slave trade, wrote hymns, and compiled a hymnal.  He prepared A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship (1803), which contained eleven of his hymns and ran to thirteen editions, to replace the poorly edited Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Tabernacles in Scotland (1800).

Chorley died at Glasgow on December 15, 1853.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 22, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Ralph Wardlaw)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

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

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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