Above: Archbishop Randall Davidson
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RANDALL THOMAS DAVIDSON (APRIL 7, 1848-MAY 25, 1930)
Archbishop of Canterbury
Randall Davidson was the Archbishop of Canterbury for about a quarter of a century. The native of Edinburgh, Scotland, born on April 7, 1848, grew up a Presbyterian. The son of Henrietta Swinton and Henry Davidson, a grain merchant, grew up in The Church of Scotland. Our saint, educated at the Harrow School and at Trinity College, Oxford, converted to Anglicanism. He, ordained in 1875, became the chaplain to Archbishop of Canterbury Archibald Campbell Tait in 1877 then to Edward White Benson, Tait’s immediate successor. Davidson married Tait’s daughter, Edith (died in 1936), in 1878. Our saint gained the confidence of Queen Victoria and advised her regarding ecclesiastical appointments. Through her favor he succeeded to the posts of Dean of Windsor (1883), Bishop of Rochester (1891), and Bishop of Winchester (1895). In February 1903 he succeeded Frederick Temple as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Davidson had a passion for reconciliation, ecclesiastical and political. He sought to find common ground in theological arguments (such as the one regarding ritualism), favored the League of Nations, and became an ecumenical leader. Our saint supported Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue, favored closer Anglican-Eastern Orthodox ties, and argued for retaining the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He also opposed religious persecution in Russia and spoke out on behalf of the rights of indigenous peoples, thereby making the work of Anglican missionaries easier.
Davidson retired, aged 80 years, in November 1928, shortly after the Parliament refused to approve the proposed Book of Common Prayer, meant to replace the Prayer Book of 1662. He had hoped that Parliament would approve the proposed Prayer Book. He died on May 25, 1930, aged 82 years, in London.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MARCH 16, 2017 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, SAINT RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS
THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CACCIAFRONTE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK, ABBOT, BISHOP, AND MARTYR
THE FEAST OF SAINT MEGINGAUD OF WURZGURG, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK AND ABBOT
Heavenly Father, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church,
including your servant Randall Davidson.
May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith,
so that we may serve and confess your name before the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35
1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21
John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60