Chelmsford Cathedral
Cathedral pays tribute to Canon Patrick Appleford

The death has been announced of Patrick Appleford, priest and hymn-writer, sometime Dean of Lusaka, and Diocesan Director of Education in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Born in 1925, Patrick was a firm believer in an authentic voice in worship, founding (with Geoffrey Beaumont) the Twentieth Century Church Light Music Group, writing and promoting straightforward hymns in the vernacular, combining his texts with original melodies that were quickly learned and repeated; without doubt, his outstanding contribution to 20th C. hymnody was Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord), and although he was proud of this particular hymn, he authored many more as well as congregational settings for the liturgy, with Mass of Five Melodies and New English Mass becoming popular, and writing scripture-based musicals, including Messiah Comes to Town.

In 2013 he wrote a centenary hymn for the Diocese of Chelmsford, his spiritual home for some 43 years. Patrick had an evangelistic fervour for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and took great delight in seeing people fulfilled in their own lives, using their God-given gifts to his glory; ordained in 1952, he lived through great times of change in the Church of England; one of his hopes was to see the ordination of women to the episcopate, something he lived to see accomplished. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Memorial Service for Patrick will take place at Chelmsford Cathedral on Thursday 21st March at 1pm.

Taken in 2014

To listen to an interview with BBC Essex by James Davy about Patrick's life, please click here.  The interview takes place one hour, 23 minutes into the broadcast.


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