Brooks, Phillips, a bishop of the Protestant
Episcopal Church, was born in Boston December
13, 1835; graduated at Harvard
College in 1855, and then attended the
Episcopal School of Theology, at Alexandria,
Va. He was ordained in 1859, and
became the rector of the Church of the
Advent, in Philadelphia. In 1869 he became
the rector of Trinity Church, Boston.
This church was on Summer Street; but
the great fire of 1872 destroyed it, and a
new church was erected in Copley Square.
He was greatly beloved by his people, and
his fame and influence were widely spread.
In 1891 he was elected Bishop of Massachusetts,
but he did not long serve in this
Position. He died January 23, 1893. Bishop
Brooks was a great soul in a gigantic
body. He made friends of all with whom
he came in contact. His influence was
positive, strong, and good. Besides the
carol in this book, he wrote at least four
Christmas and two Easter carols, all of
which are very fine.
|O little town of Bethlehem