Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Percy Dearmer: A Parson's Pilgrimage

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Percy Dearmer: A Parson's Pilgrimage

Article excerpt

Percy Dearmer: A Parson's Pilgrimage. By Donald Gray. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2000. x + 212 pp. £12.99.

A priest of the Church of England, Percy Deunner (1867-1936) is perhaps best known as the author of The Parson's Handbook or as the text editor of The English Hymnal. He also authored some two dozen books on prayer book and church history, art and architecture, and Christian education. During the Great War, he served as a Red Cross chaplain in Malta and Serbia, where his first wife, Mabel, died of typhus. He served as vicar of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London-a place already known for its advanced worship, with vestments and a full choral eucharist, where he implemented his many authentic English reforms, including whitewashing the walls, the singing of plainsoug, and hanging curtains and pictures. He was professor of ecclesiastical arts at King's College, London, and a sometime canon of Westminster Abbey, and he authored numerous hymn texts, including "Now quit your care and anxious tear and "Jesus, good above all other.

Until recently, the only biography of Dearmer was that written by his second wife, Nan. Now Donald Gray, sometime canon of Westminster Abbey, has added this new volume, to illuminate "one of the most colourful and influential Anglican figures of the last century." Gray provides a corrective for the common misunderstanding that Dearmer considered himself an Anglo-Catholic. In fact. Dearmer abhorred what he described as their "prelatial ignorance of liturgical matters." Rather, Dearmer's concern was for an authentic Anglican tradition, fully catholic and sacramental, yes-but English. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.