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Feast of Henry Alford (January 12)   1 comment

Above:  Henry Alford

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HENRY ALFORD (OCTOBER 7, 1810-JANUARY 12, 1871)

Anglican Priest, Biblical Scholar, Literary Translator, Poet, Hymn Writer, Hymn Translator, and Bible Translator

Henry Alford, Dean of Canterbury, used to be a famous man.  He translated Homer’s Odyssey and served on a committee that translated the New Testament.  His four-volume commentary, Greek Testament (1849-1861), although outdated in 2019, was a standard reference work in the late 1800s.  Alford also published books of sermons, poetry, and theology, as well as two hymnals.  He wrote or edited 50 books.

Alford, son of Henry Alford (Sr.), a priest in The Church of England, entered the world on October 7, 1810.  Henry (Jr.)’s mother died in childbirth.  Our saint followed in his father’s footsteps.  Henry (Jr.) graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1832 then became a priest the following year.  His first assignment was as Curate of Winkfield, Wiltshire, under his father.  Our saint later served in Comption, Wymeswold, and London before becoming the Dean of Canterbury in 1857.

Alford, an Evangelical Anglican and a moderate liberal by the standards of his day, was, from 1836, the husband of Fanny.  He could have been a bishop in the British Empire, had he accepted one of two offers.  Our saint founded the Contemporary Review in 1866 and edited it until 1870.

Alford’s relative fame in 2019 rests primarily on hymns he wrote or translated.  One of his compositions is “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand,” from The Year of Praise (1867).  Alford’s most famous hymn is “Come Ye Thankful People, Come,” from Psalms and Hymns (1844).

Alford, popular with Anglicans and nonconformists alike, died in Canterbury on January 12, 1871.  He was 60 years old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 2, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORG WEISSEL, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF ANNA BERNADINE DOROTHY HOPPE, U.S. LUTHERAN HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED GEBHARD, GERMAN MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND MUSIC EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF JULIAN EYMARD, FOUNDER OF THE PRIESTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, THE SERVANTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, AND THE PRIESTS’ EUCHARISTIC LEAGUE; AND ORGANIZER OF THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Henry Alford 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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