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Feast of Blessed Ndoc Suma (April 22)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED NDOC SUMA (JULY 31, 1887-APRIL 22, 1958)

Albanian Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1958

Blessed Ndoc Suma comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Suma, born in Nënphat, Lezhë, Albania, on July 31, 1887, was a subject of the Ottoman Empire until Albanian independence (1912).  he studied theology at Skrodrë, Albania, then at the Jesuit Collegium Canisianum, Innsbruck, Austria, Austria-Hungary.  Our saint returned to Albania, whwere he joined the ranks of priests in the Archdiocese of Skrodrë-Pult on September 21, 1911.

During the subsequent political changes and stages of his homeland, Suma served as a parish priest in seven towns.  After the fascist occupation ended in 1944, the communist government came to power.  That government cracked down on religion.  Albanian authorities arrested Suma while he was saying Mass in Laçu on December 8, 1946.  The charge was being a spy.

The verdict was guilty, of course.  Our saint, sentenced to thirty years in prison, as well as hard labor, was near death when freed on November 25, 1957.  He, aged seventy years, died in the village of Pistull on April 22, 1958.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Suma.  Pope Francis declared him a Venerable in 2016 then a beatus later that year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT HONORIUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

THE FEAST OF MARY RAMABAI, PROPHETIC WITNESS AND EVANGELIST IN INDIA

THE FEAST OF RICHARD CHALLONER, ENGLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOLAR, RELIGIOUS WRITER, TRANSLATOR, CONTROVERSIALIST, PRIEST, AND TITULAR BISHOP OF DOBERUS

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Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blessed Ndoc Suma boldness

to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world,

and courage to die for this faith:

Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,

and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

2 Esdras 2:42-48

Psalm 126 or 121

1 Peter 3:14-18, 22

Matthew 10:16-22

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 713

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Feast of Blessed Symforian Ducki (April 11)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED SYMFORIAN DUCKI (MAY 10, 1888-APRIL 11, 1942)

Polish Roman Catholic Friar and Martyr, 1942

Also known as Felix Ducki and Antonio Ducki

Alternative feast day (as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II) = June 12

Blessed Symforian Ducki comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Felix Ducki was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born in Warsaw on May 10, 1888, was a son of Julian Ducki (a locksmith) and Marianna (Lenardt) Ducki.  Our saint joined the Franciscan Capuchins at Warsaw on January 3, 1918, during revolutionary times in Russia, as well as prior to the reestablishment of independent Poland.  His first monastic name was Antonio.  That name became Symforian on May 19, 1921.

Ducki lived and served mostly in Warsaw through 1941.  He, as a friar, collected funds for the poor.  Our saint served his brother friars as a cook.  Ducki, who made his final vows on May 22, 1925, led this holy life until the Third Reich intervened.

Agents of the Gestapo arrested the Franciscan Capuchin friars of Warsaw on June 27, 1941, and initially incarcerated them at Pawiak.  Ducki, sent to Auschwitz on September 23, 1941, spent the rest of his life performing hard labor.  He, aged 53 years, died on April 11, 1942.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared Ducki a Venerable in 1999 then a beatus later that year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAUL VI, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK WILLIAM FABER, ENGLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHN BRIGHT, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF JOHN BYROM, ANGLICAN THEN QUAKER POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH A. SITTLER, U.S. LUTHERAN MINISTER, THEOLOGIAN, AND ECUMENIST

THE FEAST OF LANCELOT ANDREWES, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CHICHESTER THEN OF ELY THEN OF WINCHESTER

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Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love

in the heart of your holy martyr Blessed Symforian Ducki:

Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love,

that we who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

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

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 124 or 31:1-5

1 Peter 4:12-19

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 715

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Feast of St. Gaetano Catanoso (April 4)   Leave a comment

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SAINT GAETANO CATANOSO (FEBRUARY 14, 1879-APRIL 14, 1953)

Founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Veronica (the Missionaries of the Holy Face)

Alternative feast day = September 20

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The Holy Face is my life.  He is my strength.

–St. Gaetano Catanoso

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St. Gaetano Catanoso comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Catanoso came from a large, devout, and wealthy family of Chioro di San Lorenzo, Reggio Calabra, Italy.  He, born on February 14, 1879, was one of eight children of Antonio and Antonia Catanoso.  Our saint, who started his theological studies in October 1889, joined the ranks of priests on September 20, 1902, when he was twenty-three years old.

Catanoso spent most of his priestly career in parishes, with ministries in communities.  After spending 1902-1904 as a prefect of seminarians, our saint became a parish priest.  He encouraged priestly vocations, improved catechesis, revived Marian and Eucharistic devotions, encouraged the observance of liturgical feasts, and worked with other local priests to arrange for priests to hear confessions in each other’s parishes.  Catanoso also served as a spiritual director at a seminary (1922-1949) and hospitals (1922-1933).  Furthermore, he founded an orphanage for war orphans in 1943.  In 1935, our saint founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Veronica (the Missionaries of the Holy Face) to work with the poor and to offer perpetual prayers.  The congregation received diocesan approval in 1958.

When Catanoso died, aged seventy-four years, on April 4, 1953, he was ill and blind.  He was also justifiably beloved.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Catanoso.  Pope John Paul II declared him a Venerable in 1990 then a beatus in 1997.  Pope Benedict XVI canonized our saint in 2005.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNA ELLISON BUTLER ALEXANDER, AFRICAN-AMERICAN EPISCOPAL DEACONESS IN GEORGIA, AND EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF HENRY HART MILMAN, ANGLICAN DEAN, TRANSLATOR, HISTORIAN, THEOLOGIAN, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUVENAL OF ALASKA, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MARTYR IN ALASKA, AND FIRST ORTHODOX MARTYR IN THE AMERICAS, 1796

THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER THE ALEUT, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MARTYR IN SAN FRANCISCO, 1815

THE FEAST OF SAINT SILOUAN OF MOUNT ATHOS, EASTERN ORTHODOX MONK AND POET

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Lord 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 your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-14

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), 37

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Feast of Blessed Maria Antonia Bandres y Elosegui (April 27)   1 comment

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BLESSED MARIA ANTONIA BANDRÉS Y ELÓSEGUI (MARCH 6, 1898-APRIL 27, 1919)

Spanish Roman Catholic Nun

Blessed Maria Antonia Bandrés y Elósegui comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Blessed Maria, born in Toloso, Guipúzoca, Spain, on March 6, 1898, came from a large and devout Roman Catholic family.  She was the second of fifteen children of Teresa Elósegui and attorney Ramon Bandrés.  Antonita, as the family called our saint informally, was an attentive big sister.  She, educated by the Daughters of Jesus, demonstrated Christ’s love for poor people in her hometown as a child.  Blessed Maria tended to poor people on the outskirts of town.

Blessed Maria joined the daughters of Jesus at Salamanca on December 8, 1915, when seventeen years old.  She made her profession on May 31, 1918, when twenty years old.  Our saint, strong in faith and weak in health, remained a model nun until she died, aged twenty-one years, while singing a Marian hymn, on April 27, 1919.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Blessed Maria.  Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable in 1995 then added her to the beati the following year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF PHILANDER CHASE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF OHIO, AND OF ILLINOIS; AND PRESIDING BISHOP

THE FEAST OF C. H. DODD, WELSH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, THEOLOGIAN, AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF CHARLOTTE ELLIOTT, JULIA ANNE ELLIOTT, AND EMILY ELLIOTT, ANGLICAN HYMN WRITERS

THE FEAST OF JUSTUS FALCKNER, LUTHERAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF STEPHEN G. CARY, U.S. QUAKER HUMANITARIAN AND ANTIWAR ACTIVIST

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Blessed Maria Antonia Bandrés y Elósegui,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

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

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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Feast of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes (April 12)   2 comments

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SAINT TERESA OF JESUS OF THE ANDES (JULY 13, 1900-APRIL 12, 1920)

Chilean Roman Catholic Nun 

Also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint Teresa of the Andes

Alternative feast day = July 13

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I am the happiest creature in the world.  God is infinite joy.

–St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes

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The Roman Catholic calendar of saints encompasses many patterns.  One of these patterns is young saints who died before they could fulfill their dreamt-of-vocations.  One may read their biographies and wonder what else they may have done for God had they lived longer.  One may even regret that these young saints did not live long enough to become old saints.

Juana Enriqueta Josephina de Los Sagrados Corazones Fernández Solar, born in Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900, came from a wealthy and devout family with six children.  Our saint’s father was Miguel Fernández Jara.  Her mother was Lucia Solar de Fernández.  Juana was a vain, stubborn, and frustrating child.  She was also pious.  Our saint became more pious after reading a biography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), the “Little Flower of Jesus.”  Juana, her character transformed, dedicated her life to the service of God.

Juana, not yet nineteen years old, became a Discaled Carmelite novice at Los Andes, Chile, on May 7, 1919.  Her monastic name was Teresa of Jesus.  Soon, however, our saint’s life ended; typhus ravaged her.  St. Teresa, dying, made her final vows as a nun on April 7, 1920, five days before she died at the convent.  She was nineteen years old.

A sister, Lucia (d. December 31, 1942), also became a nun at the same convent.  Her monastic name was Teresa of the Divine Heart.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable (March 22, 1986), a beatus (April 3, 1987), then a full saint (March 21, 1993).  A brother, Luis, attended the beatification ceremony.  St. Teresa was the first beatified Chilean and Teresian Chilean.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GERARD MOULTRIE, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HYMN WRITER, AND TRANSLATOR OF HYMNS

THE FEAST OF SAINT CLARENCE ALPHONSUS WALWORTH, U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, POET, HUMN TRANSLATOR, AND HYMN WRITER; CO-FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE (THE PAULIST FATHERS)

THE FEAST OF SAINT EMILY DE RODAT, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF VILLEFRANCHE

THE FEAST OF WALTER CHALMERS SMITH, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM DALRYMPLE MACLAGAN, ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, AND HYMN WRITER

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

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

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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Feast of Carl F. Price (April 12)   Leave a comment

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CARL FOWLER PRICE (MAY 16, 1881-APRIL 12, 1948)

U.S. Methodist Hymnologist and Composer

Carl F. Price comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via many hymnals.  Price also comes to my Ecumenical Calendar via his avocation, not his vocation.  Working in the insurance business is not wrong, of course.  However, I list Price as a hymnologist and a composer, not as an insurance broker.

Price was a life-long Methodist.  He belonged to the old Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939) then to The Methodist Church (1939-1968).  Our saint, a son of the Reverend Doctor J. Embry Price and Annie Bacon (Ware) Price, entered the world at New Brunswick, New Jersey, on May 16, 1881.  Our saint served as the organist and choirmaster at the Congregational Church of East Hampton, Connecticut (1899-1905).  He also graduated with an A. B. degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, in 1902.

Price, an insurance broker in New York City, was an active layman.  He served as the Secretary of the New York City Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirty-four years, the Secretary of the National Board of the Epworth League for twelve years, the President of the Methodist Historical Society, and the President of the Methodist Social Union.

Beyond the denominational level, our saint helped to found the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1922.  Then he served as its first president (1922-1926).

Price may have had so much time for work and his work and other activities because he was usually single.  Our saint married Leila Alberta Field (1877-1906) on April 25, 1905.  Price’s second wife was Flora Draper Treat (1883-1919), whom he married on June 19, 1913.  He did not remarry after Flora’s death.

Price wrote twelve books and more than a hundred articles, mostly about hymnology.  These included:

  1. Music and Hymnody of the Methodist Hymnal (1911);
  2. A Year of Hymn Stories:  A Primer of Hymnology (1914);
  3. Who’s Who in American Methodism (1916), as compiler and editor;
  4. One Hundred and One Hymn Stories (1923);
  5. Curiosities of the Hymnal (1926);
  6. More Hymn Stories (1929);
  7. “The Cosmopolitan Hymnal,” in Worship in Music (1929);
  8. Wesleyan’s First Century (1932);
  9. One Hundred and One Methodist Stories (1938);
  10. Translating Hymns for Other Tongues (1945); and
  11. Hymn Patterns (1947).

Price (M.A., Wesleyan University, 1932) did more than write about hymnody; he contributed to it.  Our saint promoted an improved hymnody as he lectured and taught at Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey (1929-1945).  Price also composed more than two hundred hymn tunes, including FERREE, MILBURN, and THE MORNING WATCH.  Furthermore, our saint wrote six anthems, three cantatas, and some piano pieces.  Price also composed a hymn text, “Our Fathers Raised These Walls to Crown.”

Price, aged sixty-six years, died in New York City on April 12, 1948.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE MARTYRS OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, SEPTEMBER 15, 1963

THE FEAST OF CHARLES EDWARD OAKLEY, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE HENRY TRABERT, U.S. LUTHERAN MINIISTER, MISSIONARY, AND HYMN TRANSLATOR AND AUTHOR

THE FEAST OF JAMES CHISHOLM, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILIBERT AND AICARDUS OF JUMIEGES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOTS

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God of grace and glory,

you have given a rich variety of interests and talents to us;

thank you.

Thank you for those who have served you and helped their fellow human beings

in their daily lives habitually via their vocations yet most memorably their avocations,

and for those who do so.

May we, reminded of and encouraged

in our responsibilities to you and each other by their examples,

continue faithfully in the endeavors you assign us.

In the name of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 38:24-34a

Psalm 33

Romans 14:7-8

Matthew 5:13-16

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROFT, ANGLICAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF JONATHAN MYRICK DANIELS, EPISCOPAL SEMINARIAN AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR

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Feast of Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi (April 2)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED MYKOLAI CHARNETSKYI (SEPTEMBER 14, 1884-APRIL 2, 1959)

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Titular Bishop of Lebed, and Martyr, 1959

Also known as Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky

Alternative feast day (as one of the Martyrs of Ukraine) = January 6

Alternative feast day (as one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe) = June 27

Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Charnetskyi was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born in Semakivitsia, Ukraine, on September 14, 1884, came from a large family; Alexander and Parasceva Charnetskyi had nine children.  The family belonged to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, in communion with the Bishop of Rome.  Our saint, when eighteen years old, commenced his theological studies at the Ukrainian College, Rome.  He, ordained a priest in 1909, completed his doctorate in theology, in Rome, in 1910.

Charnetskyi lived during revolutionary and tumultuous times.  Empires fell, new countries came into existence, and borders shifted more than once.  He taught philosophy and dogmatic theology at the Seminary in Stanislavov (now Ivan-Frankivsk), Ukraine, as well as provided spiritual direction to students, from 1910 to 1919.

Yet Charnetskyi discerned a change in his vocation.  He became a Redemptorist novice in 1919 then made his first profession the following year.  From 1920 to 1926, our saint served as a teacher at a minor seminary as well as a parish priest.  The Redemptorist order opened a mission to Roman Catholic-Eastern Orthodox reconciliation in 1926.  Charnetskyi, as part of that mission, became the Apostolic Visitor in the Volhynia region of Poland (now Ukraine) that year.  In 1931, our saint received a more elevated title–Titular Bishop of Lebed.

World War II disrupted Chanetskyi’s work.  He fled to Lviv in 1939, after the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland.  Germany occupied the area of Lviv in 1941-1944.  Our saint taught at the Lviv Theological Academy from 1941 to 1945.

After World War II, the Soviet government persecuted the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.  The Soviet government arrested all bishops and turned church property over to the Russian Orthodox Church.  Agents of the NKVD arrested Charnetskyi, sixty years old, on April 11, 1945, on the charge of treason.  The verdict was guilty, of course.  Our saint spent the next eleven years suffering tortures and performing hard labor in thirty prisons.  Upon release in 1956, he seemed to be near death.  Our saint’s health was broken.

Nevertheless, Charnetskyi rallied.  He spent the rest of this life ministering to the underground Ukrainian Greek Catholic community.  Our saint, aged seventy-four years, died in Lviv, Ukraine, on April 2, 1959.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared him a Venerable in 2001.  Later that year, the same Supreme Pontiff made our saint one of the beati.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power

your holy martyr Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving,

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

that we may receive with him 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 2:2-12

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

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Feast of Peter Lutkin (March 27)   Leave a comment

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PETER CHRISTIAN LUTKIN (JR.) (MARCH 27, 1858-DECEMBER 27, 1931)

Episcopal Composer, Liturgist, and Music Educator

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Dean Lutkin’s attitude to music was that of a high priest in the temple of a divine revealing art.  He considered himself a steward of the mysteries of God and communicated to his pupils that high sense of a spiritual vocation which alone gives dignity and nobility to life.

–The Right Reverend George Craig Stewart, Bishop of Chicago, on Peter Lutkin; quoted in Robert Guy McCutchan, Our Hymnody:  A Manual to The Methodist Church, 2nd. ed. (1937), 167

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Peter Lutkin comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via a plethora of hymnals.

Peter Christian Lutkin (Jr.), born in Thompsonville, Wisconsin, on March 27, 1858, came from a Danish-American family.  The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1869.  Shortly thereafter, both parents–Peter Christian Lutkin (Sr.) and Hannah (Olivarious) Lutkin–died.

Our young saint made his way to fulfilling his potential with the help of many people, some of them related to him.  Lutkin attended public schools in Chicago as well as the choir school at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul.  At the age of 14 years, he became the first boy contralto soloist in the Midwest.  Lutkin worked as an instructor in piano at Northwestern University, which lacked a music department, in 1879-1881.  He spent 1881-1884 studying music in Europe; a group of Chicago musicians had raised the funds to make those studies possible.

Lutkin, back in Chicago, made the most of his talents.  He held overlapping portfolios:

  1. Organist and choirmaster, St. Clement’s Episcopal Church (1884-1891);
  2. Director of the Department of Theory, the American Conservatory of Music (1885-1895);
  3. Organist and choirmaster, St. James’s Episcopal Church (1891-1896);
  4. Founder and first Dean of the School of Music, Northwestern University (1896-1928);
  5. Musical Editor, The Methodist Hymnal (1905);
  6. Founder and Director of the North Shore Festivals (1908-1930);
  7. President, the Music Teachers’ National Association (1911, 1920); and
  8. Musical Editor, The (Episcopal) Hymnal 1916 (1918).

Our saint, a pioneer in college music education in the United States and a champion of choral a cappella music, also helped to found the American Guild of Organists in 1896.  Syracuse University awarded Lutkin the Mus.D. degree in 1900.

Lutkin composed canticles, anthems, hymn tunes, and instrumental works.  His hymn tunes included LANIER, THEODORE, PATTEN, and CARMAN.  Perhaps his most anthem was The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

Lutkin, aged 73 years, died in Evanston, Illinois, on December 27, 1931.  His widow was Nancy Leiah Carmen Lutkin (1861-1949), whom he married on October 27, 1885.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT DIONYSIUS EXIGUUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK AND REFORMER OF THE CALENDAR

THE FEAST OF DAVID PENDLETON OAKERHATER, CHEYENNE WARRIOR, CHIEF, HOLY MAN, AND EPISCOPAL DEACON AND MISSIONARY IN OKLAHOMA

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIACRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF FRANÇOIS MAURIAC, FRENCH ROMAN CATHOLIC NOVELIST, CHRISTIAN HUMANIST, AND SOCIAL CRITIC

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

thank you for those (especially Peter Lutkin)

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 Josef Rheinberger (March 17)   1 comment

Above:  Josef Rheinberger

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JOSEF GABRIEL RHEINBERGER (MARCH 17, 1839-NOVEMBER 25, 1901)

Germanic Roman Catholic Composer

Josef Rheinberger comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via his sacred music.

Rheinberger, born in Liechtenstein on March 17, 1839, was a musical prodigy.  He worked as the parish organist in Vaduz when seven years old.  A year later, our saint became a composer.  Rheinberger’s father, the treasurer for Prince Aloys III of Liechtenstein (r. 1836-1858), nurtured this talent.  Yet the father remained reluctant until 1851 to permit his son to become a professional musician.  Rheinberger began to study at the conservatory in Munich.

Upon graduating, Rheinberger joined the piano and composition faculty at the conservatory in Munch.  After the dissolution of that institution, our saint became a vocal coach and an accompanist at the Court Theater.  He resigned in 1867, and married a former pupil, the poet and socialite Franziska “Fanny” von Hoffnaass.  She became one of her husband’s librettists.  Rheinberger, appointed the court conductor in Munich in 1877, eventually joined the faculty of the second Munich conservatory, while retaining duties as court conductor.  Horatio William Parker (1863-1919) was one of Rheinberger’s students at the conservatory from 1882 to 1885.  Franciska died after a long illness on December 31, 1892.  Our saint’s failing health forced his resignation as court conductor two years later.

Rheinberger composed many works.  These included twelve Masses, a Requiem, a Stabat Mater, two concerti, twenty sonatas, and thirty-six solo pieces for the organ, plus choral works, symphonies, operas, and chamber music.

One can easily listen to many of our saint’s compositions on YouTube.

Rheinberger, aged 62 years, died in Munich, German Empire, on November 25, 1901.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 31, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT NICODEMUS, DISCIPLE OF JESUS

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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 Josef Rheinberger

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 Julius Ewald Kockritz (March 29)   1 comment

Above:  The Logo of the Evangelical Synod of North America

Image Source = The Yearbook and Almanac of the Evangelical and Reformed Church 1938 (1939), 2

Available at archive.org

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JULIUS EWALD KOCKRITZ (JANUARY 3, 1876-MARCH 28, 1931)

German Evangelical Minister, Hymn Writer, and Christian Educator

Also known as Ewald Kockritz

Julius Ewald Kockritz comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via The Hymnal (1941), of the old Evangelical and Reformed Church.

In this context, “Evangelical” means Protestant–specifically, the union of the Prussian Lutheran and Reformed traditions.

Kockritz was a minister in the old Evangelical Synod of North America (ESNA), founded by Prussian immigrants to the United States.  The ESNA (1877-1934) had organizational roots dating to 1840.  The founders of the ESNA’s American predecessors, in the old country, had belonged to the Prussian Union of Churches (1817-2003), the result of the marriage of the Lutheran and Reformed churches that King Frederick William III (1770-1740; r. 1797-1840) had forced.  The heritage of the ESNA passed first to the old Evangelical and Reformed Church (a union with the old German Reformed Church in the United States) then to the United Church of Christ (a union with the old Congregational Christian Churches).

Kockritz, born in Napoleonville, Louisiana, on January 3, 1876, came from a large family.  He was one of ten children of Herman Kockritz and Emma (Winkler) Kockritz.  Our saint, who grew up in Henderson, Kentucky, went to work as the private secretary to John Young Brown (1835-1904), the Governor of Kentucky (1891-1895) in 1892.  Three years later, Kockritz left that position.  He worked for a grain company, as a newspaper reporter, and as a telegram operator for several years before deciding to become a minister in the ESNA.  He matriculated at Eden Theological Seminary in 1898.

Kockritz graduated in 1901 and embarked on his life’s work.  The newly ordained minister married Clare Elizabeth Hartmann (1879-1955) on November 6, 1901.  The couple had five children, three of whom survived our saint.  Kockritz’s first pastorate was in Clarington, Ohio (1901-1905).

Kockritz served at St. Luke’s Evangelical Church, Cincinnati, Ohio (1905-1910).  During this tenure, he began to edit Sunday School publications for the ESNA, a role he filled through 1915.

Kockritz served at Salem Evangelical Church (now United Church of Christ), New Orleans, Louisiana (1910-1917); then at Bethel Evangelical Church (now United Church of Christ), Evansville, Indiana (1917-1931).  Denominational roles during these years included:

  1. service on the Board of Religious Education (1913-1929), with a tenure as the Chairman;
  2. service on the War Welfare Commission (1917-1918);
  3. service translating the ESNA constitution into English;
  4. service writing a brief history of the ESNA;
  5. service as the ESNA Moderator (1929); and
  6. service as the ESNA General Secretary (1930-1931).

In Evansville our saint found time to serve on the local Interracial Commission and on the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Deaconess Hospital.

Kockritz wrote three hymns included in The Evangelical Hymnal (1917):

  1. In Thy Service, Lord of Mercy;
  2. Lord, I Would Praise Thee; and
  3. As Fades the Daylight Splendor.

Kockritz, aged 55 years, died in Evansville, Indiana, on March 28, 1931.  One of his hymns summarized our saint’s life:

In Thy service, Lord of mercy,

We would find our chief delight;

Show us then some place to labor

In Thy kingdom, Lord of light.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 30, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JEANNE JUGAN, FOUNDER OF THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

THE FEAST OF CARLTON C. BUCK, U.S. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST MINISTER, MUSICIAN, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF EDMOND L. BUDRY, SWISS REFORMED MINISTER, HYMN WRITER, AND HYMN TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF GERALD KENNEDY, U.S. METHODIST BISHOP AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHN LEARY, U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTIVIST AND ADVOCATE FOR THE POOR AND MARGINALIZED

THE FEAST OF KARL OTTO EBERHARDT, GERMAN MORAVIAN ORGANIST, MUSIC EDUCATOR, AND COMPOSER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Julius Ewald Kockritz 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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