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Feast of William Dalrymple Maclagan (September 19)   1 comment

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Above:  York Minster Cathedral, York, England, Between 1890 and 1910

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-D428-878

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WILLIAM DALRYMPLE MACLAGAN (JUNE 18, 1826-SEPTEMBER 19, 1910)

Archbishop of York and Hymn Writer

William Dalrymple Maclagan came from a family of Presbyterian doctors.  The Edinburgh-born saint had a father (David) and two brothers (Philip and Sir Douglas) who were doctors.  Sir Douglas, an elder in The Church of Scotland, taught Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh.  Philip settled at Berwick-on-Tweed, fought cholera outbreaks there, and was active in the Presbyterian Church of England.

Our saint studied law at the University of Edinburgh then entered the Royal Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant before becoming injured in the line of duty and returning to civilian life.  Next he studied at St. Peter’s College, Cambridge.  Then, in 1856, he took Holy Orders in The Church of England.  He served a series of congregations (none of which I desire to list here) before becoming the Bishop of Lichfield (1878-1891) then the Archbishop of York (1891-1908).  As the Archbishop of York Maclagan was obligated to enforce Archbishop of Canterbury Frederick Temple’s 1899 decision restricting certain ritualistic practices, such as the use of incense.  Our saint, a High Churchman, disagreed with that ruling.

Maclagan’s greatest legacy might consist of his hymns.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 12, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF EDWIN PAXTON HOOD, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, CONGREGATIONALIST, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF EMMEGAHBOWH, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

THE FEAST OF SAINT FREDERICK OF UTRECHT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP AND MARTYR; AND SAINT ODULT OF UTRECHT, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARY PRIEST

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

William Dalrymple Maclagan 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