Bishop Timothy Rees
Timothy Rees was a Cardiganshire man, educated at Lampeter and subsequently pursued a monastic vocation at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. When in 1931 he became Bishop of Llandaff he was the first member of a religious community to be appointed to an Anglican see in Wales for over three centuries. He was a distinguished speaker both in English and Welsh and a respected hymnographer.
He was born to David Rees and his wife Catherine at Llain, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Cards. The National Library of Wales, and others, report his birth as 15 August 1874, though other sources claim 1869.
He was educated at Ardwyn School, Aberystwyth, the College School, Lampeter, and St David's College. He graduated B.A. in 1896. After a year at St Michael's College, Aberdare, he was ordained deacon in December 1897, and priest a year later.
He served two years as curate at Mountain Ash, then returned to S. Michael's College as lecturer. In 1906 he joined the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, Yorks. He served there until his appointment as Bishop of Llandaff in 1931, which position he held until his death in 29 April 1939.
He served as chaplain to the Forces for five years, from 1914 to 1919 and was awarded the M.C.
He is the author of several hymns including "Holy Spirit, ever living as the church's very life," "God is love, let heaven adore him," and "O crucified Redeemer." His "Hymn for the Saints of Wales" can be found in this discussion thread.
- Hymnology: 20th Century British Hymnody to 1950 at www.smithcreekmusic.com
- National Library of Wales: Dictionary of Welsh Biography
- Hymnology: 20th Century British Hymnody to 1950
- Pennant In the Parish of Dyffryn Arth: The People
- "God Is Love" score from James Webb
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