Feast of Lucy Larcom (April 16)   1 comment

Above:  Lucy Larcom

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LUCY LARCOM (MARCH 5, 1826-APRIL 17, 1893)

U.S. Academic, Journalist, Poet, Editor, and Hymn Writer

Lucy Larcom came to my attention when I found her name in a hymnal.

Larcom was a woman ahead of her time, for she was a pioneering academic.

Larcom, born at Beverly, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1826.  Her father, a sea-captain, died when she was a juvenile.  Therefore she had to leave her school in 1837 and go to work at the Lowell Mills, Lowell, Massachusetts, until 1845.  She also took classes at Lowell.  During her final two years at Lowell Larcom contributed to the Lowell Offering, the first magazine in the United States edited exclusively by women.  Our saint taught at a rural school in Looking Glass, Illinois, from 1846 to 1849.  Then, for three years, the studied at Monticello Female Seminary, graduating in 1852.

Larcom chose professional life over marriage.   She did have a romance, but she kept the details private.  From 1854 to 1863 our saint taught English literature and composition, history, logic, botany, and moral philosophy at Wheaton Female Seminary, Norton, Massachusetts.  In 1855 she founded The Rushlight, the college’s literary magazine.  Larcom reduced her teaching schedule, due to health issues, and returned to the college in 1865-1867 then at other times as a visiting lecturer.  Larcom contributed prose and poetry to various publications.  She also edited Our Young Folks (as Assistant Editor from 1865 to 1866 and as Editor-in-Chief from 1866 to 1873).  She also published works of prose and poetry in book form.  From some of these volumes came hymns.

Larcom, who grew up a Congregationalist, spent much of her life as a Christian not affiliated formally with any church.  She attended Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, Massachusetts, throughout the 1880s, finally accepting confirmation in 1890.  Larcom had to work through her Puritan upbringing and her complicated relationship to organized religion.  Anglican influences on her changing religious opinions included Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872) and Phillips Brooks (1835-1893).

Larcom died, aged 67 years, at Boston, on April 17, 1893.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 4, 2017 COMMON ERA

INDEPENDENCE DAY (U.S.A.)

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Lucy Larcom and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

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

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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