Saint Days: John Keble, Priest and Reformer
John Keble (1791-1866) was an Anglican priest. He was also an accomplished poet and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Keble College at Oxford University is named after him.
The Oxford Movement was a group of Anglican clergy and scholars who wanted to return the church to the catholic forms of the earliest Christians. Some of the other leaders of the movement were people like John Henry Newman and Edward Bouverie Pusey.
Since this Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, here is a poem Keble wrote for this day in the Christian Calendar:
Let us remember John Keble in our prayers today:
O God, by whose grace your servant John Keble, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church, turning error into truth and arrogance into humility: Grant that we also may be aflame with the same spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; that your Church on earth may more closely resemble your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.