John Mason Neale, Priest, Hymn Writer

7 August -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Pastors, page 483

John Mason Neale was born in 1818 and, whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge, was influenced by the ideas of the Tractarians. He was a founder of the Cambridge Camden Society, which stimulated interest in ecclesiastical art and which played a part in the revival of Catholic ritual in the Church of England. Whilst Warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead, a post he held from 1846, Neale founded the Society of St Margaret, which grew into one of the largest of Anglican women's Religious communities. Neale is remembered as an accomplished hymn-writer and his influence on Anglican worship has been considerable. He suffered frail health for many years and died on the feast of the Transfiguration in 1866.