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Feast of Howell Elvet Lewis (December 10)   Leave a comment

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Above:  Bridge, Carmarthen, Wales, Between 1890 and 1900

Published by Detroit Publishing Company, 1905

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-07389

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HOWELL ELVET LEWIS (APRIL 14, 1860-DECEMBER 10, 1953)

Welsh Congregationalist Clergyman and Poet

Howell Elvet Lewis, born at Conwil Elvet, Wales, attended Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, Wales.  He ordained into the Congregationalist Church ministry, served the following churches:

  • Buckley Chapel, Flints (1880-1884);
  • Hull (1884-1891);
  • Llanelly (1891-1898);
  • Harecourt, London (1898-1904); and
  • Welsh Tabernacle, London (1904-1940).

The 1888 winner of the bardic crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales served as the Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1933-1934  and retired to Wales.

He wrote the following:

  • Sweet Songs of Wales (1889);
  • My Christ and Other Poems;
  • The Gates of Life;
  • By the River Chebar;
  • Songs of Victory;
  • The Life of Dr. Herber Evans; and
  • The Life of Howell Harris.

Among the saints’s hymns was the following, from 1916:  http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/lord-of-light-whose-name-outshineth/.    Lewis understood correctly that cooperation with God is essential to doing God’s will yet that cooperation was not the only needed element.  May that lesson remain with us and inform our spiritual lives.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 25, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 1957

THE FEAST OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, POET AND NOVELIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT; AND SAINT JOHN OF MATERA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

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O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith:

We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Howell Elvet Lewis,

and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts:

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

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

Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-14

Psalm 119:97-104

1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16

John 17:18-23

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 720

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