Bishop Charles Henry Brent

Commemorated 27 March

Heavenly Father, whose Son prayed that we all might be one: deliver us from arrogance and prejudice, and give us wisdom and forbearance, that, following your servant Charles Henry Brent, we may be united in one family with all who confess the Name of thy Son Jesus Christ: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Bishop Brent, who founded our parish, also composed this prayer, which is found in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

Timeline of Brent’s Life

1862 Born in Canada.
1884 Graduated from Trinity College, Ontario, with classical honors.
1884 Ordained deacon.
1887 Ordained priest. Appointed to St. Andrews Mission, which became this parish.
1902 Consecrated missionary bishop of the Philippines.
1909 Chairman of International Opium Commission, Shanghai.
1911 Chairman of American delegation to the Internation Opium Conference, the Hague.
1918 Consecrated Bishop of Western New York.
1918 Chief of Chaplain Service, A.E.F.
1927 Organizer of first World Conference on Faith and Order, the forerunner of the World Council of Churches.
1929 Died in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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