Rome celebrates Anglican priest and poet George Herbert

All Saints' Church in Rome celebrates the life and works of George Herbert.

28 Feb. To celebrate the life and works of George Herbert (born 1593) Anglican priest and poet who died on 1 March 1633, an evening of his poems, some set to music, will be shared by singers and readers associated with the church where the event will take place, All Saints' Rome, Via del Babuino.

This is also the rehearsal space for the New Chamber Singers, some of whom are taking part. The free event starts at 19.00 on Thursday 28 February at All Saints' and will last about one hour.

Herbert came from an aristocratic family, was destined for an academic career at the University of Cambridge, and political life, serving briefly as an MP, but turned his back on these to become a priest, living quietly as a parson in a country parish, Bemerton, next to the stately home of the Earls of Pembroke and near Salisbury Cathedral.

He was diligent in his pastoral care, preaching and writing religious poems, many of which were published posthumously by his friend, Nicholas Ferrar, founder of the Little Gidding community.

Some of his most familiar hymns (for example “Teach me my God and King” and poems  (eg. “Love bade me welcome” ) will be sung or recited with some commentary, taking themes explored by Herbert, of everyday life in the church and village and the seasons of the church year, reflecting on the human condition, of praise and prayer, of sin and salvation, of divine love and human response.

For further information please contact Tim Macquiban, tmacquiban@gmail.com.

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Address Via del Babuino, 153, 00187 Roma RM, Italia

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Rome celebrates Anglican priest and poet George Herbert

Via del Babuino, 153, 00187 Roma RM, Italia