Preface of a Saint (2)
[Common of a Missionary]
[For the Mission of the Church]
PRAYER (traditional language)
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith: We give thee heartfelt thanks for the pioneering spirit of thy servant Henry Martyn. Grant us grace to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in every place and, by the power of the Holy Ghost, to bring all people to the knowledge and love of thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith: We give you heartfelt thanks for the pioneering spirit of your servant Henry Martyn. Grant us grace to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in every place and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring all people to the knowledge and love of you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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MISSIONARY AND TRANSLATOR
(19 OCT 1812)
Martyn was born in 1781, studied at Cambridge, and became Senior Wrangler.
(That is, he won the Cambridge University annual mathematics problem-solving
competition, and was accordingly recognized as the University's best undergraduate
mathematician. "Wrangling" is a British University expression
for solving mathematical problems.) He had, moreover, a considerable facility
in languages. Under the encouragement of Charles Simeon (see 12 Nov 1836),
he abandoned his intention of going into law and instead went to India
as a chaplain in 1806. In the six remaining years of his life, he translated
the New Testament into Hindi and Persian, revised an Arabic translation
of the New Testament, and translated the Psalter into Persian and the
Prayer Book into Hindi. In 1811 he left India for Persia, hoping to do
further translations and to improve his existing ones, there and in Arabia.
But travel in those days was not a healthy occupation, and he fell ill
and eventually died at Tokat on October 16, 1812. (The American Calendar
commemorates him on 19 October.) He was buried by the Armenian church
there, with the honors ordinarily reserved for one of their own bishops.
diary (vol. 1, vol. 2) has been called "one of the most precious treasures of
by James Kiefer