Preface of a Saint (1)
PRAYER (traditional language)
Loving God, who didst call Charles Chapman Grafton to be a bishop in thy Church, endowing him with a burning zeal for souls: Grant that, following his example, we may ever live for the extension of thy kingdom, that thy glory may be the chief end of our lives, thy will the law of our conduct, thy love the motive of our actions, and Christ’s life the model and mold of our own; through the same Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, throughout all ages. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Loving God, you called Charles Chapman Grafton to be a bishop in your Church and endowed him with a burning zeal for souls: Grant that, following his example, we may ever live for the extension of your kingdom, that your glory may be the chief end of our lives, your will the law of our conduct, your love the motive of our actions, and Christ’s life the model and mold of our own; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, throughout all ages. Amen.
This commemoration was approved provisionally at General Convention 2009
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Last updated: 5 Sept. 2013
CHARLES CHAPMAN GRAFTON
BISHOP OF FOND DU LAC & ECUMENIST, 30 August 1912
Charles Chapman Grafton (b. April 12, 1830 - d. August 30, 1912) was the second Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a supporter of the Oxford Movement, an affiliation of High Church Anglicans that led to Anglo-Catholicism in The Episcopal Church. Prior to his election as bishop, Grafton was Rector of Church of the Advent in Boston.
Grafton was consecrated on April 25, 1888 at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fond du Lac by William E. McLaren of Chicago, Alexander Burgess of Quincy, and George F. Seymour of Springfield. Grafton founded the Anglican religious order Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity and was a founding member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
Further information on Bp. Grafton is available from Project Canterbury and from an article in The Living Church.