Feast of Dorothy Ann Thrupp (December 14)   1 comment

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Above:  The Union Jack

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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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