Sunday, August 9, 2009

RIP Marion Hatchett

From Three Legged Stool-

Marion Josiah Hatchett
1927 - 2009

TTLS is saddened to learn of the death of Marion Hatchett last night, 7 August.

Anyone who has attended seminary during the past thirty-five years is well acquainted with his work. He and Massey Shepherd were the foremost liturgical scholars of our age.

He was a member of the
Standing Commission on Church Music, 1974-1985
Standing Liturgical Commission, 1977-1982
General Board of Examining Chaplains, 1988-1994
Chair of the Text Committee for The Hymnal 1982
Chair of the Committee for the Book of Occasional Services

Among his many publications are
Sanctifying Life, Time and Space: An Introduction to Liturgical Study (1976)
A Manual for Clergy and Church Musicians (1980)
Commentary on the American Prayer Book (1981), and
The Making of the First American Book of Common Prayer (1982).
He received his B.D. in 1951 from the School of Theology, University of the South. He was ordained deacon on June 13, 1951, and priest on June 25, 1952.

He received his S.T.M. from General Seminary in 1967 and his Th.D. in 1972. Hatchett taught liturgics and church music at the School of Theology from Feb. 1, 1969, until his retirement on May 16, 1999. On Jan. 15, 1991, he was named the Cleveland Keith Benedict Professor of Pastoral Theology.

But, more important than all of the above, he was a gentleman. It was an honour to know him.

I am positive the liturgy in Heaven will improve now that he's there to see it's done correctly.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord.
And Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him.

1 comment:

Bob Richmond said...

I'm an Episcopalian (also committed to staying in the church), but I knew of Marion Hatchett through one of his least known books, his commentary on the shape-note book used in the Knoxville TN area, the New Harp of Columbia. He wasn't a singer, though he came to a few singings, but he tracked down the obscure sources of nearly 400 songs in the book. - My wife and I just finished attending a four day singing school at Wildacres in western NC (are we ever tired, but gotta go sing again in a few minutes), but I didn't find out about his death until I came home. May light perpetual shine upon him.