Psalms and Hymns by Rev. John Henry Livingston
Rev. John Henry Livingston
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Psalm Index - by Numerical Order .
Hymn Index - by Numerical Order .
Psalm Index - by First Line p005-008
Hymn Index - by First Line p008-010
Catechism Table of Contents p011
Psalms p013-261
Hymns p259-456
Doxologies p457-458
Subject Index  (END TRANSCRIPTIONS) p459-466
Catechism p467-556

THE Catechism           469
The Compendium of the Christian Religion           499
The Confession of Faith  (TRANSCRIBED)           505
Liturgy           519
A Prayer on the Lord's day before Sermon           519
A Prayer on the Lord's day after Sermon           519
A Prayer before the Explanation of the Catechism           521
A Prayer after the Explanation           522
A Prayer before Sermon in the Week           522
A Prayer after it           522
Morning Prayer           523
Evening Prayer           523
A Prayer at the opening of the Consistory           523
A Prayer at the close of it           524
A Prayer at the meeting of the Deacons           524
Grace before Meat           525
Grace after Meat           525
A Prayer for sick and tempted Persons           525
Another           526
Form of Infant Baptism           527
Form of Baptism of adult Persons           529
Form of Administration of the Lord's Supper           531
Form of Excommunication           537
Form of Re-admitting Excommunicated Persons           539
Ordination of the Ministers of God's Word           541
Ordination of Elders and Deacons           546
Form of Confirmation of Marriage           551
The Consolation of the Sick           554
The Nicene Creed           555
The Athanasiane Creed           555

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Born in 1746 in Poughkeepsie, New York, Reverend John Henry Livingston was the brother of Major Henry Livingston, Jr., the author of Night Before Christmas. Older by two years, John Henry was educated with Henry and their eldest brother Gilbert in the academy run by Rev. Chauncey Graham, a Congregational Minister, in Fishkill NY. It was not uncommon for members of the Livingston family, themselves members of the Reformed Dutch Church, to be educated with Protestant ministers of similar faiths. John Henry's grandfather, another Gilbert Livingston, had studied with Rev. Solomon Stoddard of Northampton MA, the grandfather of Rev. Jonathan Edwards, though Gilbert changed his mind about a career in the ministry for himself.

John Henry showed early educational promise, and was removed from Rev. Chauncey's academy at the age of 10 and privately tutored by Moss Kent, the father of NY Chancellor James Kent, before being sent to a preparatory school in Connecticut, which prepared him to enter Yale at the age of 12. He graduated Yale at the precocious age of 16. and began reading law under Bartholomew Crannell in Poughkeepsie. Forced by ill health to discontinue his studies, John Henry became drawn to religion and came to realize that his interests were with the church rather than the law.

John Henry's ancestors were extremely well educated, many of them following a ministerial profession. His 2nd great grandfather, Rev. John Livingston, was an evangelistic minister, trained at the University of Glasgow, but escaping to Holland to avoid religious persecution. John Livingston's father was Reverend William Livingston, the first minister at Monybroch. On John Henry's Beekman side, two of his 4th great grandparents were Rev. Gerard Beekman, a distinguished theologian who was rewarded by King James I with a coat of arms for his services in translating the Bible into English. and Rev. William Baudertius, an intellectual leader and one of a handful of scholars selected to make the authorized translation of the Bible into Dutch.

With the approval of John Henry's father, Henry Livingston, Sr., John Henry traveled to the Netherlands and began four years of studies at the University of Utrecht, receiving a Doctor of Divinity, as well as his Reformed Dutch ministerial papers.

John Henry returned to New York and took up a ministry in the city. Coming from a solidly patriotic family, John Henry was forced to leave New York when the British took the city, and he moved further north with his new bride Sarah, the daughter of the Declaration of Independence signer Philip Livingston.

A note: biographers seem to be mightily confused by the similar names that appear in the Livingston family. John Henry was NOT the brother of Governor William Livingston. John Henry married his 2nd cousin, Sarah Livingston, who was the daughter of Declaration signer Philip Livingston. It was Philip who was the brother of Governor William Livingston.

To correct another frustrating Livingston mistake found all over the web and even in Wikipedia, John Henry's brother Henry was NOT Henry Beekman Livingston. Henry was the son of Henry Sr., who managed the property of his uncle, Colonel Henry Beekman. The young Henry Jr. would sometimes spend the winter in New York City staying at Colonel Beekman's home. Another frequent visitor to the Beekman home was Janet Livingston, Colonel Beekman's granddaughter. Janet Livingston married General Richard Montgomery. It was Janet Livingston's brother Henry who was the well known Henry Beekman Livingston!

Even before the newly consecrated minister John Henry Livingston returned from Europe, he was already deep into planning how to repair a schism in the Reformed Dutch Church between those who wanted ministers trained up in America, and those who insisted that ministers only be trained in Holland. Though his goals were ambitious, the young minister succeeded, going on to participate in writing a constitution for the church, as well as creating an official book of Psalms and Hymns, which included a catechism to solidify the Reformed Dutch doctrines. With these credentials, John Henry was asked to create and lead a program for training ministers, becoming President of Queen's College, later Rutgers.


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