Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 21, Happy Birthday Reginald Heber

This Day in Christian History: April 21

April 21, 1783: Happy Birthday Reginald Heber!

Reginald Heber - Bishop of Calcutta 1823
Reginald Heber was born at Malpas England and was named after his father. Even from an early age, Reginald showed an interest in church history and beliefs. He attended Oxford College where he gained a reputation as a poet. With a heart for ministry, Reginald became a deacon, then a bishop at Oxford, and later took over his father's parish in Hodnet.

Reginald married Amelia Shipley in April of 1809, and they had two children.

In 1823, Reginald was ordained as the Biship of Calcutta, and he served his people faithfully until his sudden death three years later at the age of 42. Monuments were erected in his memory in India for the work that he had done there.

Heber Memorial in Madras
Reginald is best remembered in America for the hymns that he wrote, mainly during the years of 1811-1821. He admire the hymns of John Newton and William Cowper, but he wrote about 57 of his own hymns including his most famous, Holy, Holy, Holy, which is still a popular hymn today.

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