RIP Raymond Glover, Hymnal 1982 editor

As Episcopal News Service reports, church musician Raymond Glover, 89, general editor of The Hymnal 1982, died Dec. 15 in Alexandria, Virginia, and will be buried today at Virginia Theological Seminary following a funeral in the seminary chapel this morning.

Glover began his musical life as a young chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. He studied composition with Healy Willan at the University of Toronto, and earned a Masters of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary. He returned to Buffalo as cathedral organist and choirmaster, and on Easter Monday, 1957, he married Joyce MacDonald, who was director of Christian education at the cathedral.

Glover worked for 11 years at the cathedral in Hartford. In the 1960s he was member of what was then known as the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Church Music. He also taught at Berkeley Divinity School on the Yale Campus and studied organ there with Charles Krigbaum.

Then in 1966, Glover joined Jim Litton and Gerre Hancock to found the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) and served as president from 1969-70.

John Shelby Spong, rector of St. Paul’s in Richmond, Virginia (later bishop of Newark) called Glover to become director of music. During his time there, Glover oversaw the building of new choirs, music and arts programs and a new organ. He was appointed to edit the new hymnal of the Episcopal Church in 1980

The Hymnal 1982 was dedicated at Washington National Cathedral in 1985, and Glover went on to edit a four-volume companion to this landmark hymnal.

In 1986, he was granted an honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), where he later joined the faculty as professor of music and organist. With Marilyn Keiser and Carol Doran he was instrumental in the development of the Program for Musicians Serving in Small Congregations.

May he rest in peace.

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  1. Is 1982 still the standard hymnal for St. John’s Abbey? I hope Raymond Glover appreciated that ecumenical endorsement. It’s a good book. May he indeed rest in peace.

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