Feast of Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (March 11)   1 comment

High Street, Bath, 1890

Above:  High Street, Bath, England, 1890

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08001

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FOLLIOT SANDFORD PIERPOINT (OCTOBER 7, 1835-MARCH 10, 1910)

Anglican Educator, Poet, and Hymn Writer

Folliot Sandford Pierpoint left an enduring legacy.  Our saint, a native of Spa Villa, Bath, Somerset, England, debuted on October 7, 1835.  The son of William Home Pierpoint, of Bath, attended Bath Grammar School and Queen’s College, Cambridge, graduating from the latter in 1857.  He worked for a time as headmaster of Somersetshire College.  Eventually an inheritance liberated Pierpoint from the necessity of working on a regular basis and enabled him to take extended breaks from teaching the classics at Somersetshire College to relax, study, and write.

Pierpoint had been writing for a long time, contributing to The Churchman’s Companion (a periodical), The Hymnal Noted (1851), and Lyra Eucharistica, Second Edition (1864).  Our saint published The Chalice of Nature and Other Poems (no date), reprinted in 1878 under the title Songs of Love, the Chalice of Nature, and Lyra Jesu.  “For the Beauty of the Earth” (1864), originally “The Sacrifice of Praise” was just one hymn he wrote.  The text was originally a Eucharistic hymn, although subsequent editing has transformed it into a general hymn of thanksgiving.  Other hymns by Pierpoint included “Here Let Thy Holy Days Be Kept” and “O Cross, O Cross of Shame.”

Pierpoint died at Newport, Monmouthshire, England, on March 10, 1917.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 14, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT VENANTIUS HONORIUS CLEMENTIUS FORTUNATUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF POITIERS

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY ANN THRUPP, ENGLISH HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTIC

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Folliot Sandford Pierpoint 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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