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Feast of Thomas Helmore (July 7)   Leave a comment

Above:  Thomas Helmore

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THOMAS HELMORE (MAY 7, 1811-JULY 6, 1890)

Anglican Priest and Arranger and Composer of Hymn Tunes

Thomas Helmore comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).  Perhaps his most famous contribution to Christian worship is his arrangement of VENI IMMANUEL for “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Above:  Lichfield Cathedral

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Helmore, from nonconforming stock, found his spiritual home in High Church Anglicanism.  Our saint, born in Kiddenminster, Worcestershire, England, on May 7, 1811, was a son of Olive Holloway and Congregationalist minister Thomas Helmore.  (Aside:  Would suffixes, such as “Sr.,” “Jr.,” and “III” have been too much to use, to help keep relatives with the same names separate in one’s mind?  I guess so.)  Thomas, Jr., (or III or whatever), studied at Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A., 1840; M.A., 1845).  He also joined the ranks of priests in The Church of England in 1840.  Helmore served as the Curate of St. Michael’s Church, Lichfield, and the Vicar of Lichfield Cathedral, from 1840 to 1842.  He was frequently the Vice-Principal and Presenter of St. Mark’s College, Chelsea (1842-1977); the Master of Choristers of the Chapel Royal (1846f); and a priest at the Chapel Royal (1847f).  One of his students at the Chapel Royal was Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), one half of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Helmore became a leader in restoring plainchant in The Church of England.  He also composed hymn tunes for some of John Mason Neale‘s translations of Latin and Greek texts.  Furthermore, Helmore edited volumes of chants and anthems.  In 1855, our saint translated Treatise on Choir and Chorus Singing, by François-Joseph Fétis (1784-1871).  Helmore’s other publications included:

  1. The Psalter Noted (1849),
  2. The Canticles Noted (1849),
  3. A Manual of Plainsong (1850),
  4. The Hymnal Noted (1852-1854),
  5. A Brief Directory of Plain Song (1853),
  6. Carols for Christmas (1853),
  7. Carols for Easter (1853),
  8. St. Mark’s College Chant Book (1863),
  9. The Canticles Accented (1870),
  10. A Catechism of Music (1878),
  11. Plain-Song (1878), and
  12. A Fuller Directory of the Plain Song of the Holy Communion Service (1881).

Helmore, 78 years old, died in London on July 6, 1890.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 3, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS FLAVIAN AND ANATOLIUS OF CONSTANTINOPLE, PATRIARCHS; AND SAINTS AGATHO, LEO II, AND BENEDICT II, BISHOPS OF ROME; DEFENDERS OF CHRISTOLOGICAL ORTHODOXY

THE FEAST OF SAINT DIONYSIUS OF ALEXANDRIA, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA, AND CHURCH FATHER; SAINT EUSEBIUS OF LAODICEA, BISHOP OF LAODICEA; AND SAINT ANATOLIUS OF ALEXANDRIA, BISHOP OF LAODICEA

THE FEAST OF SAINT HELIODORUS OF ALTINUM, ASSOCIATE OF SAINT JEROME, AND BISHOP OF ALTINUM

THE FEAST OF IMMANUEL NITSCHMANN, GERMAN-AMERICAN MORAVIAN MINISTER AND MUSICIAN; HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW, JACOB VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS SON, WILLIAM HENRY VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP; HIS BROTHER, CARL ANTON VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN MINISTER, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS DAUGHTER, LISETTE (LIZETTA) MARIA VAN VLECK MEINUNG; AND HER SISTER, AMELIA ADELAIDE VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN CENNICK, BRITISH MORAVIAN EVANGELIST AND HYMN WRITER

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

thank you for those (especially Thomas Helmore)

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 Arthur Henry Messiter (July 2)   Leave a comment

Above:  Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, New York, 1900

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ARTHUR HENRY MESSITER (APRIL 12, 1834-JULY 2, 1916)

Episcopal Musician and Hymn Tune Composer

Arthur Henry Messiter comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Above:  St. John’s Episcopal Church, Poultney, Vermont

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Messiter was a church musician.  He, born in Frome, Somersetshire, England, on April 12, 1834, was a son of George Messiter and Marion S. Malin (Messiter).  Our saint studied at a private school then studied music in Northamptonshire for four years.  He immigrated to the United States of America in 1863.  Messiter was a chorister at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, New York, before leaving to serve as the organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Poultney, Vermont.  After a stint as the organist at St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our saint began his service (1866-1897) as the organist of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, New York.

Messiter’s service while at Trinity Church, Wall Street, was distinguished and not restricted to the parish level.  He maintained the highest standard of English cathedral music at Trinity Church.  Our saint also shared that high standard with the denomination.  He served as the music editor of the 1893 musical edition of the 1892 Episcopal Hymnal and as the editor of the Choir-Office Book:  The Daily and Occasional Offices and the Order of Holy Communion Set to Anglican and Plain-Song Music as Used in Trinity Church, New York, New York (1891).  Our saint also arranged The Psalter:  Pointed for Singing and Set to Music, According to the Use of Trinity Parish, New York (1889).  Messiter also composed MARION, a hymn tune usually paired with the text, “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart.”  Furthermore, our saint, music historian at Trinity Church, wrote A History of the Choir and Music of Trinity Church, New York, from Its Organization to the Year 1897 (1906).

Messiter married Margaret S. Gaddis (1842-1938) in 1871.  They had a son, Arthur M. Messiter (1878-1898).

Messiter, aged 82 years, died in New York, New York, on July 2, 1916.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 29, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES AND MARTYRS

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

thank you for those (especially Arthur Henry Messiter)

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 Robert Seymour Bridges (April 20)   1 comment

Above:  Robert Seymour Bridges

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ROBERT SEYMOUR BRIDGES (OCTOBER 23, 1844-APRIL 21, 1930)

Anglican Hymn Writer and Hymn Translator

Robert Seymour Bridges comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).  His works available at archive.org are numerous.  They include his Poetical Works (Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI).

Bridges, born on the Isle of Thanet, England, on October 23, 1844, became a great figure in English-language hymnody.  He, educated at Eton then at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduated.  Then he traveled abroad for two years.  Next, our saint studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.  After practicing medicine in that hospital, Bridges ceased to do so in 1882.  He, his health failing, moved to Yattendon, Berkshire, and recovered.  Bridges married Mary Monica Waterhouse in 1884.  He lived in Oxford from 1907 to her death.

Bridges, post-medical career, devoted himself to writing.  He became the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 1913.  Other literary contributions, some of which predated his retirement from medicine, included the texts in Shorter Poems (1890) and The Testament of Beauty (1929).  Our saint also wrote and translated hymns.  Anyone who has sung “Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended,” “O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded,” and/or “When Morning Gilds the Skies” has sung some of our saint’s translations.  Bridges’s original hymns included “Rejoice, O Lord, in God Thy Might.”  Our saint also served as an editor of The Yattendon Hymnal (1899, 1920), to which he contributed hymns.

Bridges died in Oxford, England, on April 21, 1930.  He was 85 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 6, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF FRANKLIN CLARK FRY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA AND THE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CLAUDE OF BESANÇON, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, MONK, ABBOT, AND BISHOP

THE FEAST OF HENRY JAMES BUCKOLL, AUTHOR AND TRANSLATOR OF HYMNS

THE FEAST OF JOHANN FRIEDRICH HERTZOG, GERMAN LUTHERAN HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM KETHE, PRESBYTERIAN HYMN WRITER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Robert Seymour Bridges 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 Elizabeth Rundle Charles (March 29)   1 comment

Above:  The Flag of England

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ELIZABETH RUNDLE CHARLES (JANUARY 28, 1828-MARCH 28 OR APRIL 1, 1896)

Anglican Writer, Hymn Translator, and Hymn Writer

Also known as Elizabeth Rundle-Charles

Elizabeth Rundle Charles come to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Our saint, born Elizabeth Rundle, was a daughter of John Rundle, M.P.  She, born in Tavistock, Devonshire, England, on January 28, 1828, received training at home.  In 1851, she married barrister Andrew Paton Charles (d. 1868).  Our saint distinguished herself as a novelist, a poet, a hagiographer, a hymn writer and translator, a musician, and a painter.  She began her literary career in 1850, when she translated her first German hymn.  Our saint went on to translate texts from Swedish, German, and Latin.

Our saint’s works available at archive.org are:

  1. Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord (1854);
  2. Te Deum Laudamus:  Christian Life in Song–The Song and the Singers (First Edition, 1858; Second Edition, ?; Third Edition, ?; Fourth Edition, ?; Fifth Edition, 1897);
  3. The Black Ship:  With Other Allegories and Parables (1862);
  4. The Voice of Christian Life in Song; or, Hymns and Hymn-Writers of Many Lands and Ages (First Edition, 1858; Second Edition, 1865)
  5. The Early Dawn; or, Sketches of Christian Life in England in the Olden Time (1864);
  6. Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family (1865);
  7. Sketches of Christian Life in England in the Olden Time; Sketches of the United Brethren of Bohemia and Moravia (1865);
  8. Tales and Sketches of Christian Life in Other Lands and Ages (1865);
  9. The Martyrs of Spain, and the Liberators of Holland (1865);
  10. The Two Vocations; Or, the Sisters of Mercy at Home:  A Tale (1865);
  11. The Draytons and the Davenants:  A Story of the Civil Wars (1866);
  12. Wanderings Over Bible Lands and Seas (1866);
  13. Winifred Bertram and the World She Lived In (1866);
  14. On Both Sides of the Sea:  A Story of the Commonwealth and the Restoration (1867);
  15. The Women of the Gospels, the Three Wakings, and Other Verses (1868);
  16. Watchwords for the Welfare of Life; from Dr. Martin Luther (1869);
  17. The Diary of Brother Bartholomew, A Monk in the Abbey of Marienthal, in the Odenwald, in the Twelfth Century (1871);
  18. The Victory of the Vanquished:  A Story of the First Century (1871);
  19. Against the Stream:  The Story of an Heroic Age in England (1873);
  20. Conquering and to Conquer (1875)
  21. The Bertram Family (1877);
  22. Lapsed, But Not Lost:  A Story of Roman Carthage (1878);
  23. Joan the Maid, Deliverer of Deliverer of France and England:  A Story of the Fifteenth Century, Done Into Modern English (1879);
  24. Martyrs and Saints of the First Twelve Centuries (1885);
  25. Three Martyrs of the Nineteenth Century:  Studies from the Lives of Livingstone, Gordon, and Patteson (1885);
  26. Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan:  A Story of the Times of Whitefield and the Wesleys (1886);
  27. Songs Old and New (1887);
  28. Early Christian Missions of Ireland, Scotland, and England (1893);
  29. Attila and His Conquerors:  A Story of the Days of St. Patrick and St. Leo the Great (1894);
  30. The Ravens and the Angel: With Other Stories and Parables (1894); and
  31. Ewan Christian:  Architect (1896).

Our saint’s hymn translations include:

  1. Dost Thou In a Manger Lie,” and
  2. Be Not Dismayed, Thou Little Flock.”

Her original hymns include:

  1. “Praise Ye the Father,” and
  2. Never Further Than Thy Cross.”

Her hymnary.org page is here.

Our saint, aged 68 years, died in Hampstead Heath (near London) on March 28 or April 1, 1896.  By then she used Rundle-Charles as her surname.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 5, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT DOROTHEUS OF TYRE, BISHOP OF TYRE, AND MARTYR, CIRCA 362

THE FEAST OF BLISS WIANT, U.S. METHODIST MINISTER, MISSIONARY, MUSICIAN, MUSIC EDUCATOR, AND HYMN TRANSLATOR, ARRANGER, AND HARMONIZER; AND HIS WIFE, MILDRED ARTZ WIANT, U.S. METHODIST MISSIONARY, MUSICIAN, MUSIC EDUCATOR, AND HYMN TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF INI KOPURIA, FOUNDER OF THE MELANESIAN BROTHERHOOD

THE FEAST OF MAURICE BLONDEL, FRENCH ROMAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHER AND FORERUNNER OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL

THE FEAST OF ORLANDO GIBBONS, ANGLICAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER; THE “ENGLISH PALESTRINA”

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Elizabeth Rundle Charles 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 Henry Walford Davies (March 15)   Leave a comment

Above:  St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, 1842

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SIR HENRY WALFORD DAVIES (SEPTEMBER 6, 1869-MARCH 11, 1941)

Anglican Organist and Composer

Sir Henry Walford Davies comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Davies, of Welsh ancestry, was a maestro.  He, born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England, on September 6, 1869, joined the choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, at age 12.  At St. George’s Chapel, our saint studied under Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924).  From 1885 to 1890, Davies served as an assistant to Sir Walter Parratt (1841-1924), the organist of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.  Next, our saint was the organist at St. Anne’s, Soho, from 1890 to 1895, then a member of the faculty of the Royal College of Music (1895-1903).  Davies, the organist of the Temple Church, London, from 1898 to 1919, taught Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977).  Our saint also conducted the London Church Choir Association (1901-1913) and the London Bach Choir (1903-1907).  Davies served as the musical director of the Royal Air Force, with the rank of Major, during World War I.  He was Professor of Music at the University of Wales from 1919 to 1926.  He became Sir Henry in 1922.  In 1924, our saint began pioneering music education broadcasting on BBC radio; this work occupied him for a decade.  Meanwhile, he accepted the position of organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 1927.  Finally, in 1934, Davies succeeded Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) as the Master of the King’s Music.

Volumes Davies wrote or edited included:

  1. Hymns of the Kingdom (1923),
  2. Hymns of Western Europe (1927),
  3. The Church Anthem Book (1933), and
  4. Music and Worship (1935).

Davies was more of a teacher than a composer.  He also favored the “speech-rhythm” method of chanting psalms.  His family’s Congregationalist background influenced our saint; he advocated for congregational hymn singing, over the traditional Anglican metrical psalms.  Davies also composed hymn tunes, including:

  1. AUCTOR VITAE,
  2. CHRISTMAS CAROL,
  3. ETHERINGTON,
  4. FIRMAMENT,
  5. HAMPSTEAD,
  6. PENTATONE,
  7. PLENITUDE,
  8. PURPOSE,
  9. SPIRITUS CHRISTI,
  10. ST. ANDRÉ,
  11. TEMPLE,
  12. VISION, and
  13. WALLOG.

Davies’s other compositions included the Royal Air Force March; the Symphony #2; Solemn Melody; Royal Thanksgiving Music; The Holly and the Ivy; King of Glory, King of Peace; Festal Service in G; and anthems and chants, including God Be in My Head (included in The Methodist Hymnal, 1966) Blessed Are the Pure in Heart, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G, and settings of Psalms 121, 130, and 137.

Davies, aged 71 years, died in Wrington, Somerset, England, on March 11, 1941.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 4, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT STANISLAW KOSTKA STAROWIEYSKI, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR, 1941

THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS CARACCIOLO, COFOUNDER OF THE MINOR CLERKS REGULAR

THE FEAST OF JOHN LANCASTER SPALDING, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PEORIA THEN TITULAR BISHOP OF SEYTHOLPOLIS

THE FEAST OF SAINT PETROC, WELSH PRINCE, ABBOT, AND MISSIONARY

THE FEAST OF THOMAS RAYMOND KELLY, U.S. QUAKER MYSTIC AND PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

we bless your name for inspiring [Sir Henry Walford Davies]

and all those who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 728

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Feast of Alexander Clark (March 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Alexander Clark

Image Source = Matthew Simpson, Cyclopedia of Methodism, 5th.ed. (1882), 222

Digital Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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ALEXANDER CLARK (MARCH 10, 1834-JULY 6, 1879)

U.S. Methodist Protestant Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnal Editor

Alexander Clark comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via several sources.  These include The Methodist Hymnal (1966), the companion volume to The Methodist Hymnal (1935), and the fifth edition (1882) of Bishop Matthew Simpson’s Cyclopedia of Methodism.  Internet sleuthing rounds out most of the remainder of research.

Clark was a journalist and a minister.  He, born in Jefferson County, Ohio, on March 10, 1834, was a son of Samuel Clark (1797-1880) and Christine McKenzie (Clark) (1805-1886).  Samuel, of Scots-Irish ancestry, was a teacher and a classical scholar.  Christine was a Scottish immigrant.  Our saint worked as a teacher from 19 to 23 years of age.  During that time, he founded a newspaper, The Student Visitor.  It became The School Day Magazine, which, in the late 1870s, merged into St. Nicholas (extant 1873-1940).  He married Anne Marie Daughaday (1834-1923).  They had to children (born 1856-1879).

Clark, ordained a minister in the Methodist Protestant Church (extant 1830-1939), served as a pastoral capacity in four congregations.

  1. He was pastor of Fifth Avenue Methodist Protestant Church, New Brighton, Pennsylvania, from 1861 to 1863.  This congregation became Fifth Avenue Methodist Church via the merger of 1939 then Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church via the merger of 1968.  The congregation has amalgamated into New Brighton United Methodist Church.
  2. Clark was assistant pastor (under Thomas H. Stockton, 1808-1868) of the Church of the New Testament, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1863-1864.  Stockton had been pastor of First Methodist Protestant Church, Philadelphia, from 1838 to 1847.  The Church of the New Testament was an independent congregation he led from 1856 to 1868.
  3. Clark was pastor of Union Chapel (Independent Methodist), Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1864 to 1866.  Union Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, formed in 1853, split in 1861, during a controversy over the newly-appointed pastor.  A congregation continued as Union Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, which disbanded in the 1870s.  Union Chapel (Independent Methodist) joined The Methodist Church (extant 1858-1877) in 1867.  (Much of the West and the North of the Methodist Protestant Church had, in the name of opposing slavery, withdrawn in 1858 and formed the Methodist Protestant Association.  They adopted the name “The Methodist Church” in 1862 then retained that name five years later, during a merger with other Methodists who also opposed the episcopacy.  The Methodist Church (1858-1877) reunited with its parent denomination, the Methodist Protestant Church, in 1877.
  4. Clark was pastor of First Methodist Protestant Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1866 to 1870.  This congregation outgrew its building on Fifth Avenue in 1892.  The congregation eventually amalgamated into First United Methodist Church.

Clark left parish ministry in 1870.  He became the editor of The Methodist Recorder and Our Morning Guide, denominational periodicals.  Our saint also visited the General Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1874), and the Methodist Episcopal Church (1876), as a fraternal delegate.  In 1871, he edited The Voice of Praise, the new hymnal of The Methodist Church (1858-1877).  The Voice of Praise (1871) had a brief life as an official resource; The Tribute of Praise replaced it as the hymnal of the reunited Methodist Protestant Church in 1882.  Clark wrote at least 12 hymns.  His most popular text was “Heavenly Father, Bless Me Now.”

Clark’s duties entailed some traveling across the United States.  He was in Atlanta, Georgia, on a lecture tour when he became severely ill in June 1879.  Governor Alfred H. Colquitt (in office 1877-1882), a Methodist minister, had Clark moved from the hotel to the Governor’s Mansion.  Our saint, 45 years old, died there on July 6, 1879.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 3, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN XXIII, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED GEISLER AND JOHANN CHRISTIAN GEISLER, SILESIAN MORAVIAN ORGANISTS AND COMPOSERS; AND JOHANNES HERBST, GERMAN-AMERICAN ORGANIST, COMPOSER, AND BISHOP

THE FEAST OF FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL, ENGLISH HYMN WRITER AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF OLE T. (SANDEN) ARNESON, U.S. NORWEGIAN LUTHERAN HYMN TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF WILL CAMPBELL, AGENT OF RECONCILIATION

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Alexander Clark 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 William Henry Draper (December 18)   2 comments

Above:  William Henry Draper

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WILLIAM HENRY DRAPER (DECEMBER 19, 1855-AUGUST 9, 1933)

Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

William Henry Draper comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Draper was a priest in The Church of England.  He, born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, on December 19, 1855, was a son of Henry Draper and Lucy Mary Draper.  Our saint studied at Cheltenham College then at Keble College, Oxford.  Draper, ordained in 1880, was, in order:

  1. Curate of St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury (1880-1883);
  2. Vicar of Alfreton (1883-1889);
  3. Vicar of the Abbey Church, Shrewsbury (1889-1899);
  4. Rector of Adel, Leeds (1899-1919);
  5. Master of the Temple, London (1919-1930); and
  6. Vicar of Axbridge (1930-1933).

Draper left a literary legacy.  He edited Seven Spiritual Songs by Thomas Campion (1919) and Hymns for the Tunes by Orlando Gibbons (1925).  Draper translated Petrarch‘s Secretum (published in 1911).  His published original works included The Victoria Book of Hymns (1897) and Hymns for Holy Week (1898).  Draper’s hymns, both original and translated, numbered in excess of 60.  They included “In Our Day of Thanksgiving” and “Lord, Through This Holy Week.”  His translations included, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” published in 1926.

Draper, aged 77 years, died in Clifton, Bristol, on August 9, 1933.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 31, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE DAY OF PENTECOST, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF MARY TO ELIZABETH

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

William Henry Draper 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 James Arnold Blaisdell (December 16)   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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Feast of Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley (May 26)   1 comment

Above:  Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

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HARDWICKE DRUMMOND RAWNSLEY (SEPTEMBER 28, 1851-MAY 28, 1920)

Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

Also known as H. D. Rawnsley

Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Methodist Hymnal (1966).

Rawnsley left a fine legacy, much of it indirect.  He, born in Shiplake, England, on September 28, 1851, was a son of Canon Drummond Rawnsley, the Vicar of Shiplake.  Rawnsley, Sr., was a friend of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).  Our saint’s godfather was Edward Thring (1821-1887), Headmaster of Uppingham School and brother of Godfrey Thring (1823-1903).  Rawnsley, Jr., studied at Uppingham School then at Baillol College, Oxford (Class of 1874).  He took a special interest in natural science at Oxford.

Rawnsley became a priest in The Church of England.  He, ordained in 1875, was the Curate of St. Barnabas’s Church, Bristol (1875-1877).  While the Vicar of Wray (1877-1883), our saint married Edith Fletcher (d. 1916) in 1878.  From 1883 to 1917, he was the Incumbent of Crosthwaite, near Keswick.  He became the Canon of Carlisle and the Chaplain to the King in 1909.

Rawnsley was active in literary and environmental pursuits.  He wrote biographies and books of poetry.  He also wrote at least seven hymns.  Two of them were “Father, Whose Will is Life and Good” (1922) and “Saviour, Who Didst Healing Give” (1905).  (Our saint was an enthusiastic supporter of medical missionary work.)  Rawnsley also founded and served as the secretary of the National Trust for Places of Historical Interest and Natural Beauty.  He helped to conserve much natural beauty in the Lake District.  One of the other conservationists was Beatrix Potter (1886-1943), who was writing and illustrating The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902).  He encouraged her in various pursuits, including that book.

Rawnsley, retied and widowed, married Eleanor Foster Simpson (d. 1959) in 1918.  Their union was brief.  He, 70 years old, died in Grasmere, England, on May 28, 1920.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 26, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, ARCHBISHOP

THE FEAST OF HARDWICKE DRUMMOND RAWNSLEY, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT LAMBERT PÉLOGUIN OF VENCE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK AND BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT PHILIP NERI, THE APOSTLE OF ROME AND THE FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE ORATORY

THE FEAST OF SAINT QUADRATUS THE APOLOGIST, EARLY CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST

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God of creation, we thank you for all that you have made and called good:

Grant that we may rightly serve and conserve the earth,

and live at peace with all of your creatures;

through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all creation,

in whom you are reconciling the world to yourself.  Amen.

Job 14:7-9

Psalm 104:24-31

Romans 1:20-23

Mark 16:14-15

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 732

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Feast of John Howard Bertram Masterman (December 9)   1 comment

Above:  The Flag of England

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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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