John Mason Neale

(1818—1866) Church of England clergyman and author

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High Church Anglican author and hymn-writer. Ordained in 1842, from 1846 he was warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead. In 1855 he founded the Sisterhood of St Margaret; this community, devoted to the education of girls and the care of the sick, became one of the main religious orders in the C of E. His ritualistic practices led to his inhibition from 1847 to 1863.

Neale excelled as a hymn-writer. His own compositions include ‘O happy band of pilgrims’ and ‘Art thou weary’, and his translations from Latin and Greek hymns, ‘Jerusalem the golden’ and ‘All glory, laud and honour’. His Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862) included many translations of Easter hymns which indirectly introduced an important E. emphasis on the Resurrection into Anglican worship. Feast day in the American BCP (1979) and CW, 7 Aug.

Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

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