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Feast of Milton Smith Littlefield (June 13)   1 comment

Littlefield

Above:  Milton Smith Littlefield, Jr.

Image Source = Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, New York, June 13, 1934, Page 13

Accessed via newspapers.com

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MILTON SMITH LITTLEFIELD, JR. (AUGUST 21, 1864-JUNE 12, 1934)

U.S. Presbyterian and Congregationalist Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnal Editor

Milton Smith Littlefield, Jr., often listed simply as Milton S. Littlefield, was a native of New York, New York.  His parents were Anna Elizabeth Schull and Milton Smith Littlefield, Sr. (1830-1899).  Our saint’s father, an officer in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, commanded African-American soldiers during that conflict and became the “Prince of Carpetbaggers” afterward.  Our saint was the elder of two children; his sibling was Calvin Alfred Littlefield (1867-1916).

Our saint graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1889 then from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, three years later.  Then Littlefield’s ministerial career began.  He was a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. from 1892 to 1911.  He began as assistant pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, perhaps at Norristown, Pennsylvania, from 1892 to 1896.  (My sources were vague, hinting at the vicinity of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.)  Littlefield married Luella Gardner (1860-1928) in 1895.  The couple had a daughter, Helen B. Littlefield (Fuller), circa 1896.  In 1897 our saint served as the preacher at Hill School, Pottstown.  He was pastor of First Union Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, New York, New York, from 1898 to 1907, then of Bay Ridge Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York, New York, from 1907 to 1911.

In 1911 our saint switched to the Congregationalists.  For ten years he worked as the district attorney of the Congregational Education Society.  Then, in 1921, he became the pastor of Union Evangelical Church, Corona, Long Island, New York.  Littlefield resigned for health reasons in February 1934.

Littlefield was a published author and an editor of hymnals.  He also wrote at least two hymns, both of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  His books included:

  1. Hymns of Worship and Service for the Sunday School (1908);
  2. Hand-Work in the Sunday School (1908);
  3. Heroes of Israel (1911);
  4. Christian Leaders (1913);
  5. The School Hymnal (1921), with his wife, Luella;
  6. Hymnal for Young People (1934); and
  7. Hymns of the Christian Life (1937), published posthumously.

Littlefield, who lectured widely in hymnology, received honors.  In 1915 Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas, awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree.  Our saint also served as the President of the Hymn Society of America from 1927 to 1928.

Littlefield died at Corona on June 12, 1934.  He was 69 years old.

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Article Source = Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, New York, June 13, 1934, Page 13

Accessed via newspapers.com

I have a fairly large collection of hymnals from various Christian traditions and a wide range of decades, as recent as the last several years.  My survey of hymnals published since 1990 and in my possession indicates that none of them contains any of Littlefield’s hymns.  This is unfortunate news.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 4, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CORNELIUS THE CENTURION, WITNESS TO THE CRUCIFIXION

THE FEAST OF SAINT JANE (JOAN) OF VALOIS, COFOUNDER OF THE SISTERS OF THE ANNUNCIATION

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL CROSSMAN, ANGLICAN DEAN OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Milton Smith Littlefield, Jr.)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

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

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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Feast of William Cullen Bryant (June 13)   1 comment

William Cullen Bryant

Above:  William Cullen Bryant, Circa 1876

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-00073

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WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT (NOVEMBER 3, 1794-JUNE 12, 1878)

U.S. Journalist, Poet, and Hymn Writer

I have been adding “new” June saints in denominational categories, starting with Moravians then moving on to Lutherans.  Anglicans will follow this post.  William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) belonged to his own category.

Bryant, the son of farmers, entered the world at Cummington, Massachusetts, on November 3, 1794.  He was a natural-born writer, becoming a published poet at age fourteen and the author of Thanatopsis four years later.  His first career, however, was law.  Bryant attended law school at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, for two years before finances forced him to drop out.  Next he worked in a law office.  Thus, at the age to twenty-one, he became an attorney in 1815.  Bryant practiced law at Plainfield, Massachusetts, from 1815 to 1816 and at Great Barrington, Massachusetts, from 1816 to 1825.

Journalism beckoned, however.  Our saint left his career in law behind in 1825, when he relocated to New York City and became and editor.  In 1825-1826 he edited, in rapid succession, the New York Review, the United States Review, and the Literary Gazette.  He found stability with the New York Evening Post, of which he was the Assistant Editor (1826-1828) then the Chief Editor (1828-1878).  Bryant used his position to oppose slavery and to support the rights of immigrants, labor unionists, and members of religious minorities.

Our saint had an interesting religious journey.  He wrote twenty hymns, some of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  Social justice was among his favorite themes, as was nature, the topic of more than a hundred original poems.  These themes were evident throughout his life.  Bryant grew up a Congregationalist, was briefly a Unitarian in New York City, then attended Episcopal services in the city and Presbyterian services near his Long Island home.  In 1858, however, he became convinced of the necessity of baptism by immersion and joined a Baptist congregation.

Bryant died on Long Island on June 12, 1878.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 15, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF FEAST OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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Feast of Sigismund von Birken (June 13)   2 comments

Nuremberg

Above:  Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-00085

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SIGISMUND VON BIRKEN (MAY 5, 1626-JUNE 12, 1681)

German Lutheran Hymn Writer

Sigismund von Birken was a prominent poet.  He entered the world at Wildstein, Bohemia, where his father, Daniel (Betulius) Birken, was the Lutheran pastor.  Our saint and his family had to leave Wildstein in 1629, when Protestant pastors had to flee Bohemia.  The family settled at Nuremberg, Bavaria.  There Sigismund attended the Egiden Gymnasium before studying theology and law at the University of Jena from 1643 to 1645.  He had to drop out of school for financial reasons, so he returned to Nuremberg, having already become a recognized poet.  That year he joined the Pegnitz Order (in full the Order of the Society of Pegnitz Shepherds), devoted to purifying and improving the German language, especially in poetry.

The poet worked on-and-off as a private tutor.  From 1645 to 1646 he tutored the princes of Brunswick-Luneburg at the Wolfenbutte court.  Then our saint traveled for two years, during which he joined the German Rose Society, a prestigious group of poets.  In 1648, at the end of the year, Birken returned to Nuremberg and became a tutor again.

Our saint received honors later in his life.  In 1654 Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III (reigned 1637-1657) made him a nobleman in recognition of his literary ability.  Birken joined the Fruitbearing Society (founded in 1617, with the goal of standardizing vernacular German and promoting it as a literary and scholarly language) in 1658.  Four years later he became the Chief Shepherd of the Pegnitz Order, to which he gave a religious sensibility.

Birken also wrote hymns.  Among those was “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” (1653), which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Birken, devoted to Jesus and quality in language (two excellent causes), died at Nuremberg on June 12, 1681.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 13, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS, FOUNDER OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

THE FEAST OF SAINT HILARY OF POITIERS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HUBERT HUMPHREY, UNITED STATES SENATOR AND VICE PRESIDENT

THE FEAST OF KENTIGERN (MUNGO), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF GLASGOW

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Sigismund von Birken 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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Saints’ Days and Holy Days for June   Leave a comment

Honeysuckles

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1 (Justin Martyr, Christian Apologist and Martyr)

  • Pamphilus of Caesarea, Bible Scholar and Translator; and His Companions, Martyrs
  • Samuel Stennett, English Seventh-Day Baptist Minister and Hymn Writer; and John Howard, English Humanitarian
  • Simeon of Syracuse, Roman Catholic Monk

2 (Blandina and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Lyons, 177)

  • Anders Christensen Arrebo, “The Father of Danish Poetry”
  • Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, Hymn Writer, Novelist, and Devotional Writer
  • Stephen of Sweden, Roman Catholic Missionary, Bishop, and Martyr

3 (John XXIII, Bishop of Rome)

  • Christian Gottfried Geisler and Johann Chrstian Geisler, Silesian Moravian Organists and Composers; and Johannes Herbst, German-American Organist, Composer, and Bishop
  • Frances Ridley Havergal, English Hymn Writer and Composer
  • Will Campbell, Agent of Reconciliation

4 (Christoph Homburg, German Lutheran Hymn Writer)

  • Francis Caracciolo, Cofounder of the Minor Clerks Regular
  • Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson, U.S. Norwegian Lutheran Hymn Translator
  • Stanislaw Kostka Starowieyski, Roman Catholic Martyr

5 (Dorotheus of Tyre, Bishop of Tyre, and Martyr)

6 (Franklin Clark Fry, President of The United Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church in America)

  • Claude of Besançon, Roman Catholic Priest, Monk, Abbot, and Bishop
  • Henry James Buckoll, Author and Translator of Hymns
  • William Kethe, Presbyterian Hymn Writer

7 (Matthew Talbot, Recovering Alcoholic in Dublin, Ireland)

  • Anthony Mary Gianelli, Founder of the Missionaries of Saint Alphonsus Liguori and the Sisters of Mary dell’Orto
  • Frederick Lucian Hosmer, U.S. Unitarian Hymn Writer
  • Seattle, First Nations Chief, War Leader, and Diplomat

8 (Clara Luper, Witness for Civil Rights)

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, English Roman Catholic Poet and Jesuit Priest
  • Henry Downton, Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Roland Allen, Anglican Priest, Missionary, and Mission Strategist

9 (Columba of Iona, Roman Catholic Missionary and Abbot)

  • Giovanni Maria Boccardo, Founder of the Poor Sisters of Saint Cajetan/Gaetano; and his brother, Luigi Boccardo, Apostle of Merciful Love
  • Jose de Anchieta, Apostle of Brazil and Father of Brazilian National Literature
  • Thomas Joseph Potter, Roman Catholic Priest, Poet, and Hymn Writer

10 (James of Nisibis; Bishop; and Ephrem of Edessa, “The Harp of the Holy Spirit”)

  • Getulius, Amantius, Caeraelis, and Primitivus, Martyrs at Tivoli, 120; and Symphorosa of Tivoli, Martyr
  • Landericus of Paris, Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Thor Martin Johnson, U.S. Moravian Conductor and Music Director

11 (BARNABAS THE APOSTLE, COWORKER OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE)

12 (Edwin Paxton Hood, English Congregationalist Minister, Philanthropist, and Hymn Writer)

  • Christian David Jaeschke, German Moravian Organist and Composer; and his grandson, Henri Marc Hermann Voldemar Voullaire, Moravian Composer and Minister
  • Enmegahbowh, Episcopal Priest and Missionary to the Ojibwa Nation
  • Joseph Dacre Carlyle, Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

13 (Milton Smith Littlefield, Jr., U.S. Presbyterian and Congregationalist Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnal Editor)

  • Sigismund von Birken, German Lutheran Hymn Writer
  • William Cullen Bryant, U.S. Poet, Journalist, and Hymn Writer

14 (Charles Augustus Briggs, U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Episcopal Priest, Biblical Scholar, and Alleged Heretic; and his daughter, Emilie Grace Briggs, Biblical Scholar and “Heretic’s Daughter”)

  • Methodius I of Constantinople, Defender of Icons and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; and Joseph the Hymnographer, Defender of Icons and the “Sweet-Voiced Nightingale of the Church”
  • William Hiram Foulkes, U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

15 (John Ellerton, Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer and Translator)

  • Carl Heinrich von Bogatsky, Hungarian-German Lutheran Hymn Writer
  • Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney, English Poet and Hymn Writer
  • Landelinus of Vaux, Roman Catholic Abbot; Aubert of Cambrai, Roman Catholic Bishop; Ursmar of Lobbes, Roman Catholic Abbot and Missionary Bishop; and Domitian, Hadelin, and Dodo of Lobbes, Roman Catholic Monks

16 (George Berkeley, Irish Anglican Bishop and Philosopher; and Joseph Butler, Anglican Bishop and Theologian)

  • John Francis Regis, Roman Catholic Priest
  • Norman Macleod, Scottish Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer; and his cousin, John Macleod, Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer
  • Rufus Jones, U.S. Quaker Theologian and Cofounder of the American Friends Service Committee

17 (Edith Boyle MacAlister, English Novelist and Hymn Writer)

  • Emily de Vialar, Founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition
  • Jane Cross Bell Simpson, Scottish Presbyterian Poet and Hymn Writer
  • Teresa and Mafalda of Portugal, Princesses, Queens, and Nuns; and Sanchia of Portugal, Princess and Nun

18 (Adolphus Nelson, Swedish-American Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer)

  • Johann Franck, Heinrich Held, and Simon Dach, German Lutheran Hymn Writers
  • Richard Massie, Hymn Translator
  • William Bingham Tappan, U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Poet, and Hymn Writer

19 (James Arthur MacKinnon, Canadian Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr in the Dominican Republic)

  • Alfred Ramsey, U.S. Lutheran Minister and Hymn Translator
  • Charitie Lees Smith Bancroft de Chenez, Hymn Writer
  • William Pierson Merrill, U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Social Reformer, and Hymn Writer

20 (Joseph Augustus Seiss, U.S. Lutheran Minister, Liturgist, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator)

  • Charles Coffin, Roman Catholic Priest and Hymn Writer
  • Hans Adolf Brorson, Danish Lutheran Bishop, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Johann Friedrich Hertzog, German Lutheran Hymn Writer

21 (Aloysius Gonzaga, Jesuit)

  • Bernard Adam Grube, German-American Minister, Missionary, Composer, and Musician
  • Carl Bernhard Garve, German Moravian Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer
  • John Jones and John Rigby, Roman Catholic Martyrs

22 (Alban, First British Martyr)

  • Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Roman Catholic Priest, Biblical and Classical Scholar, and Controversialist; John Fisher, English Roman Catholic Classical Scholar, Bishop of Rochester, Cardinal, and Martyr; and Thomas More, English Roman Catholic Classical Scholar, Jurist, Theologian, Controversialist, and Martyr
  • Gerhard Gieschen, U.S. Lutheran Minister and Hymn Translator
  • Paulinus of Nola, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nola

23 (John Johns, English Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer)

  • Heinrich Gottlob Gutter, German-American Instrument Maker, Repairman, and Merchant
  • Nicetas of Remesiana, Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Wilhelm Heinrich Wauer, German Moravian Composer and Musician

24 (NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST)

25 (William of Vercelli, Roman Catholic Hermit; and John of Matera, Roman Catholic Abbot)

  • Domingo Henares de Zafira Cubero, Roman Catholic Bishop of Phunhay, Vietnam, and Martyr; Phanxicô Đo Van Chieu, Vietnamese Roman Catholic Catechist and Martyr; and Clemente Ignacio Delgado Cebrián, Roman Catholic Bishop and Martyr in Vietnam

26 (Isabel Florence Hapgood, U.S. Journalist, Translator, and Ecumenist)

  • Andrea Giacinto Longhin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Treviso
  • Philip Doddridge, English Congregationalist Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Virgil Michel, U.S. Roman Catholic Monk, Academic, and Pioneer of Liturgical Renewal

27 (Cornelius Hill, Oneida Chief and Episcopal Priest)

  • Hugh Thomson Kerr, Sr., U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Liturgist; and his son, Hugh Thomson Kerr, Jr., U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Scholar, and Theologian
  • James Moffatt, Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Scholar, and Bible Translator
  • John the Georgian, Abbot; and Euthymius of Athos and George of the Black Mountain, Abbots and Translators

28 (John Gerard, English Jesuit Priest; and Mary Ward, Foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

  • Plutarch, Marcella, Potanominaena, and Basilides of Alexandria, Martyrs
  • Teresa Maria Masters, Foundress of the Institute of the Sisters of the Holy Face
  • William and John Mundy, English Composers and Musicians

29 (PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES AND MARTYRS)

30 (Johann Olaf Wallin, Archbishop of Uppsala and Hymn Writer)

  • Gennaro Maria Sarnelli, Italian Roman Catholic Priest and Missionary to the Vulnerable and Exploited People of Naples
  • Heinrich Lonas, German Moravian Organist, Composer, and Liturgist
  • Philip Powel, English Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

Floating

  • First Book of Common Prayer, 1549

 

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