Feast of James Arnold Blaisdell (December 14)   1 comment

Above:  James A. Blaisdell Park, Claremont, California

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JAMES ARNOLD BLAISDELL (DECEMBER 15, 1867-JANUARY 29, 1957)

U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Scholar, and Hymn Writer

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Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep,

The storms are raging on God’s deep,–

God’s deep, not thine,

Be still and sleep.

–James Arnold Blaisdell

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The Reverend James Arnold Blaisdell comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Above:  First Congregational Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Blaisdell was a minister and a scholar.  He, born in Beloit, Wisconsin, on December 15, 1867, studied at Beloit College (B.A., 1889) and Hartford Theological Seminary (B.D., 1892).  Our saint, ordained a Congregationalist minister in 1892, served as pastor of First Congregational Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin, from 1892 to 1896.  He married his first wife, Florence Lena Carrier (1867-1940) in December 1892.  The couple had two children, James Brooks (1893-1953) and Florence “Barbara” (1904-1990).

Above:  Olivet Congregational Church, Olivet, Michigan

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Blaisdell was pastor of Olivet Congregational Church (now part of the United Church of Christ), Olivet, Michigan, from 1896 to 1903.

Above:  United Church of Beloit, Beloit, Wisconsin

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Then, from 1903 to 1910, our saint served as Professor of Biblical Literature and as Librarian at Beloit College.  He was also the pastor of Second Congregational Church during those years.  (As of 2020, First Presbyterian Church has merged with Second Congregational Church to form the United Church of Beloit and moved into the edifice of the former Second Congregational Church.)

Blaisdell spent 1910-1957 in California.  He was the President of Pomona College, Claremont, until 1927.  Afterward, our saint led the Clarement Colleges consortium until 1935.  He and Florence retired to La Jolla that year.  She died in 1940, and Blaisdell moved back to Claremont.  He eventually remarried; wife number two was Anne Grassie (1866-1957).  Our saint, aged 89 years, died in Claremont on January 29, 1957.

Blaisdell wrote at least three hymns:

  1. “Tonight, My Soul, Be Still and Sleep” (by 1897),
  2. “Christians, Lo, the Star Appeareth” (1900), and
  3. Beneath the Forms of Outward Rite” (published in 1928).

May the Church never be bereft of people with the pastoral, academic, and literary talents that James Arnold Blaisdell possessed.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 28, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF JOHN H. W. STUCKENBERG, GERMAN-AMERICAN LUTHERAN MINISTER AND ACADEMIC

THE FEAST OF SAINT BERNARD OF MENTHON, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND ARCHDEACON OF AOSTA

THE FEAST OF EDWIN POND PARKER, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JEREMIAS DENCKE, SILESIAN-AMERICAN MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND ORGANIST; AND SIMON PETER AND JOHANN FRIEDRICH PETER, GERMAN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS, EDUCATORS, MUSICIANS, AND MINISTERS

THE FEAST OF ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN ACTIVIST, AND ECUMENIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

James Arnold Blaisdell 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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