Cambridge, Massachusetts: Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 1947. First edition. Octavo, original blue pebbled cloth, original dust jacket. Cloth and plates fine, tape reinforcement on verso, gentle wear to bright, unclipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #840
"ALL GLORY BE TO THEE, ALMIGHTY GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER" First edition of these stunning illustrated "meditations on the Prayer of Consecration"—published by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. All Glory is the work of the Boston artist Allan Rohan Crite, who prepared 16 black-and-white captioned plates capturing the timeless mystery and drama of the Consecration. "'I am a liturgical artist,' Mr. Crite, who was Episcopalian, liked to say. Indeed, for many years he supplemented his income by providing artwork for the weekly bulletins of Episcopal and Catholic parishes in several states. When Christ Church Episcopal in Bronxville, N.Y., dedicated a stained-glass window in Mr. Crite's honor in 1994, it lauded him as 'the best-known artist in the Episcopal Church'" (Mark Feeney, the Boston Globe). A brief Foreword describes the Prayer of Consecration in the American Book of Common Prayer and concludes: "The book has been produced as an act of homage to Christ, the Eternal Priest." The plates are followed by a charmingly illustrated Glossary of Terms. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist arrived in Boston shortly after the order was founded by Richard Meux Benson in Oxford in 1886. The Brothers of the SSJE, living under a Rule which includes vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience, still maintain a monastery in Cambridge and a retreat house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.