Feast of John Howard Bertram Masterman (December 7)   1 comment

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JOHN HOWARD BERTRAM MASTERMAN (DECEMBER 6, 1867-NOVEMBER 5, 1933)

Anglican Scholar, Hymn Writer, Priest, and Bishop of Plymouth

Also known as J. H. B. Masterman and John H. B. Masterman

John Howard Bertram Masterman comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Our saint was an Anglican priest and a great scholar.  He, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, on December 6, 1867, was a son of Thomas William Masterman.  Young John studied at Weymouth College, Weymouth; University College School, London; and St. John’s College, Cambridge (B.A., 1893; M.A., 1897; D.D., 1923).  He married Margarethe M. T. Bodemer in 1893.  The couple had one son.  Masterman, ordained to the diaconate in 1893 and the priesthood the following year, remained active in the church and the academy for the rest of his life.

Masterman spent 1893-1896 as an academic and clergyman in Cambridge.  He was lecturer to non-college students (1893-1895), Lecturer in History (1894-1896), and priest at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a.k.a. the Round Church (1893-1895).  He visited Cambridge as the Hulsean Lecturer (1907-1908) and the Select Proctor (1900, 1904, 1908, 1914, and 1918).

Masterman was the Vicar of St. Aubyn, Devonport, near Plymouth, from 1896 to 1899.  During this time he wrote The Age of Milton (1897).

Masterman spent 1899-1912 in Birmingham or the vicinity thereof.  He was the Principal of Midlands Classical College, Edgbaston, from 1899 to 1901.  Then our saint served as the Lecturer of St. Philip’s Church, Birmingham (1901-1902); the Warden of Queen’s College, Birmingham (1901-1907); Honourary Canon of Birmingham (1905-1907); Professor of History, Birmingham University (1902-1909); the Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Manchester (1903-1909); the Vicar of St. Michael’s College Church, Coventry (1907-1912); the Sub-Dean of St. Michael’s, Coventry (1908-1912); and the Rural Dean of Coventry (1912).  During this time, Masterman wrote

  1. Introduction and Notes to the Epistle of St. Peter (1900),
  2. Was Jesus Christ Divine:  An Enquiry Into the Credibility of the Incarnation (1904),
  3. I Believe in the Holy Ghost (1906),
  4. The Rights and Responsibilities of National Churches (1908),
  5. The House of Commons:  Its Place in National History (1908),
  6. The Dawn of Medieval Europe (1909),
  7. Parliament and the People (1909), and
  8. A History of the British Constitution (1911).

Masterman doubled as Canon of Coventry and the Rector of St. Mary-le-Bow, All Hallows, and St. John the Evangelist, London, from 1912 to 1922.  He edited the London Diocesan Magazine from 1919 to 1922.  Our saint also wrote:

  1. The Challenge of Christ (1913),
  2. Studies in the Book of Revelation (1918), and
  3. Aspects of Christian Character (1921).

Masterman spent the final stage of his ministry in Plymouth.  He, the Rector of Stoke Dameral Church (1922-1933), doubled as the Bishop of Plymouth (1923-1933).  During this time, he wrote The Christianity of Tomorrow (1929).

Masterman published a hymn, “Almighty God, Who Dost Give,” in the Missionary Handbook of the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge in 1922.  The words have never ceased to be relevant.

Our saint, a month away from his sixty-sixth birthday, died in Devenport on November 5, 1933.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 24, 202O COMMON ERA

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF NICOLAUS SELNECKER, GERMAN LUTHERAN, THEOLOGIAN, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JACKSON KEMPER, EPISCOPAL MISSIONARY BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDITH MARY MELLISH (A.K.A. MOTHER EDITH), FOUNDRESS OF THE COMMUNITY OF THE SACRED NAME

THE FEAST OF MARIA GARGANI, FOUNDRESS OF THE SISTERS APOSTLES OF THE SACRED HEART

THE FEAST OF MARY MADELEVA WOLFF, U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN, POET, SCHOLAR, AND PRESIDENT OF SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE, NOTRE DAME, INDIANA

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

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [John Howard Bertram Masterman 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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