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Feast of Joseph Augustus Seiss (June 20)   1 comment

United Lutheran Church in America

Above:  The Immediate Lineage of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962)

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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JOSEPH AUGUSTUS SEISS (MARCH 8, 1823-JUNE 20, 1904)

U.S. Lutheran Minister, Liturgist, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

Joseph Augustus Seiss was an important figure in U.S. Lutheran history.  He was, in fact, more complicated than the Lutheran hymnal companion volumes I consulted hinted.  I found evidence of this fact when I started skimming his books available at archive.org.  Seiss was, for example, a Premillenialist and a Dispensationalist, opinions which would have made C. I. Scofield happy yet were (and remain) heretical in the vast majority of Christianity in general and within Lutheranism in particular.  Seiss also had a bizarre theology regarding the Great Pyramid at Giza, which, according to him, was “a Miracle in Stone.”  (The Egyptian laborers who constructed that pyramid knew that it was not a miracle, I suppose.)  Seiss and I would have disagreed strongly regarding issues such as eschatology, pyramids, and the authorship of the Book of Daniel and the Epistle to the Hebrews, but none of that prevents me from adding him to the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days.  I have added him mostly on the basis of his contributions to hymnody and liturgy.

Seiss entered the world at Graceham, Maryland, on March 18, 1823.  His father was a miner and his family attended the local Moravian church.  Seiss, confirmed in the Unitas Fratrum at age fifteen, did not remain for long.  From 1839 to 1841 he attended a Lutheran school, Gettysburg College and Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, yet did not graduate.  He studied theology privately, and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Virginia licensed him to preach in 1842.  Ordination followed six years later.

From 1844 to 1904 Seiss ministered in congregations.  He was at Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, Virginia, for three years, followed by a stint (1847-1852) at Cumberland, Maryland.  Our saint served as the pastor of Lombard Street Church, Baltimore, Maryland, from 1852 to 1858.  The rest of his pastoral career played out in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first at St. John’s Church (from 1852 to 1874), then at the Church of the Holy Communion, of which he was the founding minister and the pastor for the first thirty years or so of its existence.

Seiss also led on the synodical and denominational levels.  He was, for a time, the President of the German Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and Adjacent States, the oldest Lutheran synod in the United States.  He also helped to form the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America (1867-1918), of which he served as the President also.

Seiss published in excess of 100 works.  Some of them are available at archive.org:

  1. Popular Lectures on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the Hebrews (1846);
  2. The Baptist System Examined, the Church Vindicated, and Sectarianism Rebuked:  A Reviews of Dr. Fuller and Others on “Baptism and the Terms of Communion” (first edition, 1854; second edition, 1858; third edition, 1859);
  3. The Last Times:  An Earnest Discussion of Momentous Themes (first edition, 1856; second edition, 1859); The Last Times and the Great Consumation:  An Earnest Discussion of Momentous Themes (fifth edition, 1863; sixth edition, 1866); The Last Times, or Thoughts on Momentous Themes (seventh edition, 1878);
  4. The Arts of Design:  Especially Related to Female Education (1857);
  5. The Gospel in Leviticus; or, an Exposition of the Hebrews Ritual (1859);
  6. The Evangelical Psalmist:  A Collection of Tunes and Hymns for Use in Congregational and Social Worship (1859);
  7. The Day of the Lord (1861);
  8. The Parable of the Ten Virgins:  In Six Discourses, and a Sermon on the Judgeship of the Saints (1862);
  9. The Assassinated President; or, the Day of National Mourning for Abraham Lincoln, at St. John’s (Lutheran Church), Philadelphia, June 1st, 1865 (1865);
  10. The Apocalypse:  A Series of Special Lectures on the Revelation of Jesus Christ with Revised Text, Volumes I, II, and III (1865);
  11. Church Song (second edition) (1875);
  12. A Miracle in Stone; or, the Great Pyramid of Egypt (1877);
  13. Recreation Songs (1878);
  14. Voices from Babylon; or, the Records of Daniel the Prophet (1879);
  15. The Gospel in the Stars; or, Primeval Astronomy (first edition, 1882; tenth edition, 1910);
  16. The Golden Altar:  Forms of Living Faith (first edition, 1882; second edition, 1898), a book of home liturgies;
  17. Luther and the Reformation:  The Life-Springs of Our Liberties (1883);
  18. Right Life; or, Candid Talks on Vital Themes (1886);
  19. The Letters of Jesus:  Lenten Lectures (1889);
  20. Church Song:  A Repertory of Music for the Rendering of the Responses, Canticles, Psalms and Hymnals of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (1889);
  21. Beacon Lights:  A Series of Short Sermons (1899); and
  22. Lententide Sermonettes (1901).

Seiss also wrote and translated hymns.  I have added some of his texts to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Seiss died at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1904.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 14, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS MACRINA THE ELDER, BASIL THE ELDER, EMILIA, NAUCRATIUS, AND PETER OF SEBASTE, FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS OVER THREE GENERATIONS

THE FEAST OF CIVIL RIGHTS MARTYRS AND ACTIVISTS

THE FEAST OF RICARDO MONTALBAN, ACTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT SAVA, FOUNDER OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

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

thank you for those (especially Joseph Augustus Seiss)

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 Johann Friedrich Hertzog (June 20)   1 comment

Dresden 1860

Above:  Dresden, 1860

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Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-109072

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JOHANN FRIEDRICH HERTZOG (JUNE 6, 1647-MARCH 21, 1699)

German Lutheran Hymn Writer

The hymnological reputation of Johann Friedrich Hertzog rests primarily upon one text, Nun sich der Tag geendet hat (1670), which exists in various English translations.  I have added one of these to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Hertzog was an attorney by profession.  He, born at Dresden, Saxony, on June 6, 1647, studied law at the University of Wittenberg.  In 1671, after graduating from the University, he worked for about three years as a private tutor to the sons of one Lieutenant General von Armin.  Then our saint practiced law at Dresden.  There he died on March 21, 1699.

May his hymn survive.

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

Johann Friedrich Hertzog 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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Feast of Hans Adolf Brorson (June 20)   3 comments

Ribe Cathedral

Above:  Ribe Cathedral, Ribe, Denmark

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HANS ADOLF BRORSON (JUNE 20, 1694-JUNE 3, 1764)

Danish Lutheran Bishop, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

Bishop Hans Adolf Brorson was among the greatest Danish Lutheran hymn writers and translators.  Not only did were his texts of great quality, but they were also of impressive quantity–in the hundreds.

Brorson’s family had been prosperous prior to his birth, but he entered the world at a time when they struggled with debts.  His father, Broder Broderson, a Lutheran pastor, died when our saint was ten years old.  Brorson’s mother, Catherine Clausen, eventually stabilized the family by remarrying.  Her second husband and our saint’s stepfather was another Lutheran minister, Ole Holbech, who died in 1721.

Brorson was studious and intelligent.  He graduated from the Latin school at Ribe before, from 1712 to 1717, studying theology, philology, history, and philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.  Bad health forced him to leave the University, so he became a tutor in the home of his maternal uncle, a superintendent in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.  After four years of that our saint completed his final exams at the University in 1722.  That year he also became a minister in the state church and married his first wife, Catherine Steenbeck Clausen (d. 1741), who gave birth to thirteen children.

Brorson rose from the office of parish minister to bishop in nineteen years.  From 1722 to 1729 he served at Ronderup.  Then he joined the pastoral staff of the German-Danish parish at Tonder.  He worked closely with Pastor and hymn writer Johan Herman Schrader and wrote Danish-language hymns to supplement the German-language ones the congregation sang.  In 1737 Brorson became a superintendent.  Four years later he became the Bishop of Ribe, a position he held for the rest of his life.

Brorson published hymns in a volume, The Rare Jewel of the Faith (1739).  In his later years, beset by various afflictions, he composed more than seventy hymns, which a son published in 1765, the year after our saint died.

Brorson was a faithful Christian, but he was also a Pietist, unfortunately.  Pietism has several faults, including downplaying the efficacy of the sacraments, as in the first stanza of a Brorson hymn which George Alfred Taylor Rygh (1860-1942) translated in 1908:

O Father, may Thy word prevail

Against the gates of hell!

Behold the vineyard Thou hast tilled

With thorns and thistles filled.

‘Tis true, Thy plants are there;

But, ah, how weak and rare!

How slight the power and evidence

Of word and sacraments!

The Lutheran Hymnary (1935), hymn #245

For obvious theological reasons Confessional Lutheran hymnals exclude that Brorson text.  I, a ritualistic Episcopalian, make common cause with my Confessional Lutheran brethren in opposing the heresy of Pietism.

On a happier note, Brorson wrote well-crafted, theologically dense hymns, many of which exist in English translations.  I have added some of them to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Brorson’s earthly pilgrimage ended at Ribe on June 3, 1764.  He would have celebrated his seventieth birthday seventeen days later.

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

Hans Adolf Brorson and others, who have composed and translated 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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Feast of Charles Coffin (June 20)   1 comment

Map of France 1741

Above:  A Map of France, 1741

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CHARLES COFFIN (OCTOBER 4, 1676-JUNE 20, 1749)

Roman Catholic Priest and Hymn Writer

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He is one of the few French hymn writers whose poems have become a part of the worship material of America.

–William Chalmers Covert and Calvin Weiss Laufer, eds., Handbook to The Hymnal (Philadelphia, PA:  Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1935), page 517

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Father Charles Coffin, born in Buzancy, France, in 1676, received his education at Duplessis College of the University of Paris.  In 1701 he joined the faculty of the College of Doirmans-Beauvais of that university.  Eleven years later our saint became the Principal of the College.  In 1718 Father Coffin became Rector of the University of Paris, a position he held for five years before reverting to Principal of the College of Doirmans-Beauvais.  Those are particulars, mostly of Coffin’s academic career, but not very interesting relative to what follows.

Our saint wrote hymns, some of which exist in English translation.  Perhaps the best summary of Father Coffin’s hymns is that they were

direct and fitted with the spirit of grace.

–Fred L. Precht, Lutheran Worship:  Hymnal Companion (St. Louis, MO:  Concordia Publishing House, 1992), page 575.

I have added translations of some of those graceful hymns to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Here is the Yattendon Hymnal (1899) translation of a Coffin masterpiece:

Happy are they, they that love God,

Whose hearts have Christ confest,

Who by His Cross have found their life,

And ‘neath His yoke their rest.

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Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs,

When they together sing;

And strong the prayers that bow the ear

Of heaven’s eternal King.

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Christ to their homes giveth His peace,

And makes their loves His own;

But, ah what tares the evil one

Hath in His garden sown!

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Sad was our lot, evil this earth,

Did not its sorrows prove

The path whereby the sheep may find

The fold of Jesus’ love.

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Then shall they know, they that love Him,

How all their pain is good;

And death itself cannot unbind

Their happy brotherhood.

And here is the John Chandler (1806-1876) translation of an Advent hymn:

The advent of our God

Our prayers must now employ,

And we must meet him on his road

With hymns of holy joy.

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The everlasting Son

Incarnate deigns to be;

Himself a servant’s form puts on

To set his people free.

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Daughter of Sion, rise

To meet thy lowly King,

Nor let thy faithless heart despise

The peace he comes to bring.

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As Judge, on clouds of light,

He soon will come again,

And all his scattered saints unite

With him in heaven to reign.

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Before the dawning day

Let sin’s dark deeds be gone;

The old man all be put away,

The new man all put on.

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All glory to the Son,

Who comes to set us free,

With Father, Spirit, ever One,

Through all eternity.

Coffin, who composed Latin poems, published some of them in 1727.  Nine years later, at the command of the Archbishop of Paris, Coffin prepared the Paris Breviary, which contained most of his hymns.  The Archbishop favored replacing old Latin hymns with new Latin hymns.  (If one is to discard the old in favor of the new, Charles Coffin compositions are the way to go.)  Also in 1736, our saint published Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, containing about a hundred hymns.  A posthumous two-volume set of his complete works followed in 1755.

There was an unfortunate and needless shadow–one which commends Father Coffin in my mind–at the end of his life.  This holy man received neither the last rites nor a Christian burial because a certain priest, citing church politics, denied them.  Our saint had, along with many other French clergymen, objected the papal bull Unigenitus (1713).  Pope Clement XI condemned Jansenism, a movement within the Roman Catholic Church, as heretical.

Many papal bulls were, partially or entirely, bull.  Unigenitus was certainly at least partially bull (less so if one is of a Reformed perspective and more so if one leans toward the Wesleyan-Arminian end of the spectrum).  The document condemned a long list of Jansenist assertions as heresies.  Among these were the following:

  1. There is no role for human free will in salvation.
  2. It is both necessary and useful for all sorts of people to study the Bible.
  3. It is harmful to laity not to study the Bible.

Our saint found parts of the papal bull unacceptable and said so.  This made him a political hot potato at the end of his life, unfortunately.  But I praise God that such a talented and courageous man lived.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 13, 2014 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 SAINT KENTIGERN (MUNGO), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF GLASGOW

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

thank you for those (especially Charles Coffin)

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

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

 

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