An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Hatchett, Marion Josiah

(b. July 19, 1927). A leading liturgical scholar of the twentieth century. He was born in Monroe, South Carolina. His father was a Methodist pastor. Hatchett was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in Dec. 1946 while a student at Wofford College, where he received his B.A. in 1947. He received his B.D. in 1951 from the School of Theology, University of the South. He was ordained deacon on June 13, 1951, and priest on June 25, 1952. Hatchett began his ministry as curate at the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and deacon-in-charge of the Church of the Incarnation, Gaffney, and the Church of the Atonement, Blacksburg. In 1957 he became the rector of St. Peter's Church, Charleston, and Chaplain to Episcopal students at the Citadel. He remained there until 1965 when he began his graduate studies at the General Theological Seminary. He received his S.T.M. from General Seminary in 1967 and his Th.D. in 1972. Hatchett taught liturgics and church music at the School of Theology from Feb. 1, 1969, until his retirement on May 16, 1999. On Jan. 15, 1991, he was named the Cleveland Keith Benedict Professor of Pastoral Theology. He was a member of the Standing Commission on Church Music, 1974-1985; the Standing Liturgical Commission, 1977-1982; and the General Board of Examining Chaplains, 1988-1994. He was Chair of the Text Committee for The Hymnal 1982, and Chair of the Committee for the BOS. Among his many publications are Sanctifying Life, Time and Space: An Introduction to Liturgical Study (1976), A Manual for Clergy and Church Musicians (1980), Commentary on the American Prayer Book (1981), and The Making of the First American Book of Common Prayer (1982).

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