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Historical Figures, V

August 7, 2012

John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866

On this day (7 August) is commemorated in the Kalendar of the Anglican churches John Mason Neale, priest in the Church of England, co-founder of the Cambridge Camden Society and the Society of St. Margaret, and hymn-writer.

Does your parish church (if built after the year 1600) contain a chancel? Side aisles? Is it cruciform in shape? Does it contain chairs or open-access pews (as opposed to boxes)?  Is there a high altar with candles, and perhaps a cross?  Is there an aumbry for the Reserved Sacrament? Does the exterior of the building include a tower?

And do you sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel during Advent, Good Christian Men, Rejoice during Christmas, All GloryLaud, and Honour on Palm Sunday, and To Thee Before the Close of Day at Evensong or Compline?

For all these things, we can thank the thought, work, creativity, and devotion of John Mason Neale.

Grant, 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.

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