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Feast of St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro (February 6)   Leave a comment

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SAINT MATEO CORREA-MAGALLANES (JULY 23, 1866-FEBRUARY 6, 1927)

Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

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BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO (JANUARY 13, 1891-NOVEMBER 23, 1927)

Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

His feast transferred from November 23

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These two saints became martyrs via the revolutionary government of Mexico.

St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes, born at Tepechitlan, Zacatecas, Mexico, on July 23, 1866, became a Roman Catholic priest.  He, ordained in 1893, served at Concepcion de Oro (1898-1905) and at Colotan (1908-1910).  He went into hiding after the government suppressed the Roman Catholic Church.  His last base of operations was Valparaiso (1926-1927).  Authorities arrested our saint when he was en route to a sick call.  He swallowed the host to prevent its desecration.  The charge was participation in an armed rebellion.  It was a false allegation, of course.  Our saint, while incarcerated, heard the confessions of other prisoners.  When the warden demanded that Correa-Magallanes reveal the contents of confessions, the priest refused.  So he became a martyr on February 6, 1927.  He was 60 years old.

Pope John Paul II declared Correa-Magallanes a Venerable then a Blessed in 1992 then canonized him eight years later.

Correa-Magallanes had administered the First Communion to Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro (listed on the calendar of saints of the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada), born at Guadeloupe, Zacatecas, Mexico, on January 13, 1891.  Pro grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family.  The son a mining engineer had solidarity with the poor and the working classes.  At the age of 20 years Pro joined the Society of Jesus.  Due to the ecclesiastical politics during a revolutionary period our saint studied theology abroad.  He, ordained to the priesthood in Belgium at age 36 in 1925, returned to his homeland the following year.  He became an underground priest.  In 1927 authorities captured our saint, accused him falsely of participating in a bombing attempt.  They also sentenced him to die without holding a trial first.  On November 23, 1927, at Mexico City, our saint refused a blindfold, forgave the members of the firing squad, and shouted “Long live Christ the king!” as he died.  There was no public funeral, but many people lined the streets as his body passed by.

Pope John Paul II declared Pro a Venerable in 1986 and a Blessed two years later.  The fortunes of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico improved after 1940.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN THE YOUNGER, DEFENDER OF ICONS

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK COOK ATKINSON, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, RESTORER OF THE JESUITS

THE FEAST OF KAMEHAMEHA IV AND EMMA ROOKE, KING AND QUEEN OF HAWAII

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyrs

Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember them in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with them the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 714

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Feast of William Boyce and John Alcock (February 6)   Leave a comment

St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Above:  St. Paul’s Cathedral and Blackfriars Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom, 1880s

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WILLIAM BOYCE (1711-FEBRUARY 7, 1779)

Anglican Composer and Conductor

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JOHN ALCOCK (APRIL 11, 1718-FEBRUARY 23, 1806)

Anglican Composer, Organist, and Musical Scholar

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Today I add two contemporaries to my Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days.  William Boyce and John Alcock devoted their lives to God and music.  Much of the contents of their legacies is largely forgotten in 2012, unfortunately.  Perhaps this post will bring them to the attention of some people, rending Boyce and Alcock slightly less forgotten.

William Boyce (1711-1779), son of a cabinet maker in London, England, became a chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  He lost much of his hearing when young yet functioned as a parish organist and choir director and a Composer to the Chapel Royal and as Master of the King’s Band.  Boyce’s increasingly bad hearing forced him to cease teaching, conducting, and playing at about age sixty.  Then he dedicated himself full-time to another extant pursuit, the study of music history.  His three volume Cathedral Music, Being a Collection in Score of the Most Valuable and Useful Compositions for That Service by the Several Masters of the Last Two Hundred Years  (1760-1778) was the last main part of his legacy.  Other works included the following:

  • forty-six anthems,
  • five services,
  • eight symphonies,
  • twelve sonatas,
  • Psalms of David, According to the Version of Christopher Smart, A.M. (1765), and
  • various works of incidental music.

James Moffatt, in his 1927 companion volume to the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnary, described Boyce as

An amiable man, of blameless life, and an excellent musician

and as

…the last of the old English school of church composers.

Perhaps the most poetic obituary for Boyce came from the pen of his good friend, Charles Wesley:

Father of harmony, farewell!

Farewell for a few fleeting years!

Translated from the mournful vale,

Jehovah’s flaming ministers

Have borne thee to thy place above,

Where all is harmony and love.

Boyce’s Cathedral Music (1760-1778) depended greatly on the research of John Alcock (1718-1806).  Alcock became a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, at age seven.  He studied under John Stanley, a famed and respected blind organist, before becoming a parish organist and choir director.  His time (1749-1761) at Lichfield Cathedral proved less than satisfactory for him.  Alcock found a dearth of of music books he considered suitable, he disliked many of the services, and the cathedral was too damp.  His final assignments as an organist were at Sutton Coldfield parish church (1761-1766) and at St. Editha’s Church, Tamworth (1766-1790).

Alcock composed and published the following:

  • Six Lessons for the Harpsichord;
  • Twelve Songs;
  • A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Anthems;
  • Six and Twenty Select Anthems;
  • Divine Harmony, a Collection of Fifty-Five Double and Single Chants;
  • The Harmony of Sion (a collection of Psalms); and
  • Harmonia Festi (a volume of canons, et cetera).

Those who have contributed to the beauty of worship deserve our gratitude and respect.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 14, 2012 COMMON ERA

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

THE FEAST OF CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, COMPOSER

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

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Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness:

You have shown us the splendor of creation in the work of your servants

William Boyce and John Alcock.

Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder,

that our eyes may behold your glory,

and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness

of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8 or 2 Chronicles 20:20-21

Psalm 46

Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 5:18b-20

Matthew 13:44-52

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 61

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Revised on November 27 2016

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Feast of St. Vedast (February 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 511 C.E.

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SAINT VEDAST (A.K.A. SAINT VAAST) (DIED 539)

Bishop of Arras and Cambrai

Born in western Francia, St. Vedast became a Roman Catholic priest.  In that capacity he instructed Clovis I (reigned 481-511), the founder of the Merovingian Dynasty, en route to Rheims, and thereby prepared him for baptism in 496.  St. Vedast worked with St. Remigius, Archbishop of Rheims in his missionary work among the Frankish people, becoming Bishop of Arras and Cambrai in 499.  Four decades later, when St. Vedast died, he had established Christianity within his see.

May we Christians of the early twenty-first century remember the fact that we stand on the shoulders of giants such as St. Vedast, whose efforts contributed to our Christian faith.  How far will our influence extend?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

THE FEAST OF CHANNING MOORE WILLIAMS

THE FEAST OF JOHN BROWN, ABOLITIONIST

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Almighty God,

you raised up faithful bishops of your church,

including your servant Saint Vedast.

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

Psalm 84

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

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Revised on November 27, 2016

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Saints’ Days and Holy Days for February   Leave a comment

Winter, by Hendrick Avercamp

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1 (Henry Morse, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr)

  • Benedict Daswa, Roman Catholic Catechist and Martyr
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Roman Catholic Composer and Musician
  • Sigebert III, King of Austrasia

2 (PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE)

3 (Anskar and Rimbert, Roman Catholic Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen)

  • Alfred Delp, German Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
  • Charles Seymour Robinson, U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnologist
  • Nicholas Kasatkin, Orthodox Archbishop of All Japan

4 (CORNELIUS THE CENTURION, WITNESS TO THE CRUCIFIXION)

5 (Martyrs of Japan, 1597-1639)

  • Avitus of Vienne, Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Jane (Joan) of Valois, Cofounder of the Sisters of the Annunciation
  • Phileas and Philoromus, Roman Catholic Martyrs

6 (Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Poet and Hymn Writer)

  • Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Miguel Agustin Pro, Mexican Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs
  • Vedast (Vaast), Roman Catholic Bishop of Arras and Cambrai
  • William Boyce and John Alcock, Anglican Composers

7 (Helder Camara, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife)

  • Adalbert Nierychlewski, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
  • Mitchell J. Dahood, Roman Catholic Priest and Biblical Scholar
  • Moses, Apostle to the Saracens

8 (Josephine Bakhita, Roman Catholic Nun)

  • Jerome Emiliani, Founder of the Company of the Servants of the Poor
  • John of Matha and Felix of Valois, Founders of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity
  • Josephina Gabriella Bonino, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family

9 (Benjamin Schmolck, German Lutheran Pastor and Hymn Writer)

  • Adelaide Anne Procter, English Poet and Feminist
  • Alto of Altomunster, Roman Catholic Hermit
  • Porfirio, Martyr

10 (Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola; and her twin brother, Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino and Father of Western Monasticism)

  • Benedict of Aniane, Restorer of Western Monasticism; and Ardo of Aniane, Roman Catholic Abbot
  • Henry Williams Baker, Anglican Priest
  • Philip Armes, Anglican Church Organist and Composer

11 (ONESIMUS, BISHOP OF BYZANTIUM)

12 (Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, and Jarena Lee, Evangelists and Social Activists)

  • Charles Freer Andrews, Anglican Priest
  • Christoph Carl Ludwig von Pfeil, German Lutheran Hymn Writer
  • Michael Weisse, German Moravian Minister and Hymn Writer and Translator; and Jan Roh, Bohemian Moravian Bishop and Hymn Writer

13 (AQUILA, PRISCILLA, AND APOLLOS, COWORKERS OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE)

14 (Abraham of Carrhae, Roman Catholic Bishop)

  • Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs
  • Johann Michael Altenburg, German Lutheran Pastor, Composer, and Hymn Writer
  • Victor Olof Petersen, Swedish-American Lutheran Hymn Translator

15 (New Martyrs of Libya, 2015)

  • Francis Harold Rowley, Northern Baptist Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Writer
  • Michael Praetorious, German Lutheran Composer and Musicologist
  • Thomas Bray, Anglican Priest

16 (Philipp Melanchton, German Lutheran Theologian and Scribe of the Reformation)

  • Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., and Charles Augustus Zoebisch, German-American Instrument Maker
  • Louis (Lewis) F. Kampmann, U.S. Moravian Minister, Missionary, and Hymn Translator
  • Norbert of Xanten, Founder of the Premonstratensians; Hugh of Fosses, Second Founder of the Premonstratensians; and Evermod, Bishop of Ratzeburg

17 (August Crull, German-American Lutheran Minister, Poet, Professor, Hymnodist, and Hymn Translator)

  • Francis Serrano, Roman Catholic Priest and Missionary
  • Janani Luwum, Archbishop and Martyr
  • Marie Adolphine Dierks, Roman Catholic Nun, Missionary, and Martyr

18 (Ben Salmon, Roman Catholic Pacifist and Conscientious Objector)

  • Barbasymas, Sadoth of Seleucia, and Their Companions, Martyrs
  • Colman of Lindisfarne, Agilbert, and Wilfrid, Bishops
  • Guido di Pietro, a.k.a. Fra Angelico, Roman Catholic Monk and Artist

19 (Nerses I the Great, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Mesrop, Bible Translator)

  • Bernard Barton, English Quaker Poet and Hymn Writer
  • James Drummond Burns, Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Samuel Davies, American Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

20 (Johann Heermann, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer)

  • Henri de Lubac, Roman Catholic Priest, Cardinal, and Theologian
  • Karl Friedrich Lochner, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Wulfric of Haselbury, Roman Catholic Hermit

21 (John Henry Newman, Cardinal)

  • Arnulf of Metz, Roman Catholic Bishop; and Germanus of Granfel, Roman Catholic Abbot and Martyr
  • Robert Southwell, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
  • Samuel Wolcott, U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Missionary, and Hymn Writer

22 (Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst, Anti-Nazi Martyrs at Munich, Germany)

  • Eric Liddell, Scottish Presbyterian Missionary to China
  • Margaret of Cortona, Penitent and Foundress of the Poor Ones
  • Praetextatus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rouen

23 (Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishops and Martyrs)

  • Alexander Akimetes, Roman Catholic Abbot
  • Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski, Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
  • Willigis, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mainz; and Bernward, Roman Catholic Bishop of Hildesheim

24 (MATTHIAS THE APOSTLE, MARTYR)

25 (Gregory of Nazianzus the Elder, Nonna, and Their Children:  Gregory of Nazianzus the Younger, Caesarius of Nazianzus, and Gorgonia of Nazianzus)

  • Felix Varela, Cuban Roman Catholic Priest and Patriot
  • John Roberts, Episcopal Missionary to the Shoshone and Arapahoe
  • Theodor Fliedner, Renewer of the Female Diaconate; and Elizabeth Fedde, Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess

26 (Antonio Valdivieso, Roman Catholic Bishop of Leon and Martyr)

  • Emily Malbone Morgan, Founder of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
  • Paula of St. Joseph of Calasanz, Foundress of the Daughters of Mary

27 (Nicholas Ferrar, Anglican Deacon; George Herbert, Anglican Priest and Metaphysical Poet; and All Saintly Parish Priests)

  • Anne Line and Roger Filcock, Roman Catholic Martyrs
  • Gabriel Possenti, Penitent
  • Luis de Leon, Spanish Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian

28 (Thomas Binney, English Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and “Archbishop of Nonconformity”)

  • Andrew Reed, English Congregationalist Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Writer
  • Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, African-American Educators
  • Elizabeth C. Clephane, Scottish Presbyterian Philanthropist and Hymn Writer

29 (John Cassian and John Climacus, Roman Catholic Monks and Spiritual Writers)

  • Bernhardt Severin Ingemann, Danish Lutheran Author and Hymn Writer
  • Edward Hopper, U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Jemima Thompson Luke, English Congregationalist Hymn Writer; and James Edmeston, Anglican Hymn Writer

Lowercase boldface on a date with two or more commemorations indicates a primary feast.

Feast of St. Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (February 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Text of “Of the Father’s Love Forgotten”

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SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS (348-413)

Poet, Polemicist, and Hymn Writer

St. Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius came from an upper class family in Roman Spain in 348.  He grew up to write poems, hymns, and prose polemics in defense of the Roman Catholic faith as factions debated and formulated core doctrines of the faith.  Two of his classic works are “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (translated into English at the top of this post) and “Earth Has Many a Noble City,” the English translation of which follows:

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel;
Out of thee the Lord from Heaven
Came to rule His Israel.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told His birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.

Eastern sages at His cradle
Make oblations rich and rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh His sepulcher foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
At Thy glad Epiphany,
Unto Thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.

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Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness: You have shown us the splendor of creation in the work of your servant St. Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius.  Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder, that our eyes may behold your glory, and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8 or 2 Chronicles 20:20-21

Psalm 96

Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 5:18b-20

Matthew 13:44-52

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)

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