Monday, August 7, 2017John Mason Neale
Priest and Hymnodist
d. Feast of Transfiguration,1866
Lesser Feasts and Fasts reminds us that "No future hymnal is conceivable without the inclusion of some of Neale’s fine devotional poetry. The Prayer Book, for example, cites two of his translations by name as being especially appropriate for Palm Sunday and Good Friday: 'All glory, laud, and honor' for the procession with the palms, and 'Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle' at the climactic point of the Good Friday service." This is precisely what we do at Saint Thomas.
Grant unto us, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know thy presence and obey thy will; that, following the example of thy servant John Mason Neale, we may with integrity and courage accomplish what thou givest us to do, and endure what thou givest us to bear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.