Saint Days: William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, Reformer of Church and Society
William Augustus Muhlenberg (1796-1877) was an important figure in 19th century Episcopalianism. He is considered by many to be the father of church schools in the United States. The schools he established were not purely academic institutions, they were more than that. They were places which aimed to form the whole person of their students. He was also a proponent of the Social Gospel, a Christian approach to ethics which emphasizes carrying the Gospel to society through actions (especially on issues concerning social justice). As a result of his Social Gospel tendencies, he founded St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. He was also an early leader of the liturgical movement within Anglicanism.
Let us remember William Augustus Muhlenberg in our prayers today:
Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your servant William Augustus Muhlenberg to manifest your compassion and mercy on the poor and the persecuted; Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who give thanks for his righteous zeal may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.