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Feast of Mary A. Lathbury (October 20)   1 comment

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Above:  Hall of Philosophy, Chautauqua, Between 1880 and 1899

Published by the Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-D4-4466

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MARY ARTEMESIA LATHBURY (AUGUST 10, 1841-OCTOBER 20, 1913)

U.S. Methodist Hymn Writer

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Mary Artemesia Lathbury, born in Manchester, New York, was the daughter of a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939) and the sister of two other clergymen of the same denomination.  She taught art and French at Newbury, Vermont, and at New York, New York.  Our saint also became very involved in the Chautauqua Movement (1874-), an adult education movement entailing lectures and the arts.  The Methodist Episcopal Sunday School Union, for which she worked as an Editor, was crucial to the founding of this movement.  Lathbury, the “laureate of Chautauqua,” contributed poems to official Methodist Episcopal Church periodicals for children and young adults.  She also founded the Look-up-Legion in Methodist Sunday schools, basing it on Edward Everett Hale‘s four rules for good conduct:

Look up, not down;

Look forward, not back;

Look out, not in,

And lend a hand.

Lathbury added:

In His Name.

Lathbury wrote hymns, the texts of some of which are here. She described the following advice germane to her hymns as coming from God:

Remember, my child, that you have a gift of weaving fancies into verse and a gift with the pencil of producing versions that come to your heart; consecrate these to Me as thoroughly as you do your inmost spirit.

She followed that advice, fortunately.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Mary A. Lathbury 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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For Further Reading:

http://www.ciweb.org/

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