The origins for some of the Hymns scheduled for this month are presented here. Some will be sung at one of our services. Others are suggestions to be sung as a personal 'Hymn Sing' on Sunday.
Holy, Holy, Holy -- Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
After a happy childhood and a good education in the village school, he enrolled at Oxford where he excelled in poetry and became fast friends with Sir Walter Scott. Following graduation, he succeeded his father as vicar of his family's parish, and for sixteen years he faithfully served his flock.
His bent toward poetry...gave him a keen and growing interest in hymnody. He...wrote hymns for his own church, and it was during the sixteen years in the obscure parish of Hodnet that Heber wrote all 57 of his hymns. He soon felt God was calling him as a missionary to "India's coral strand". In 1822, at age 40, he was appointed to oversee the Church of England's ministries in India.
Arriving in Calcutta, he soon set out on a 16-month tour of his mission stations across India. In February of 1826, he left on another tour. In the village of Trichinopoly on April 3, 1826, he preached ot a large crowd in the hot sun, and afterward plunged into a pool of cool water. He suffered a stroke and drowned.
It was after his death the his widow, finding his 57 hymns in a trunk, succeeded in publishing his Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. In this volume was the great Trinitarian hymn based on Revalations 4:8-11, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty".
Source: "Then Sings My Soul" Robert J. Morgan