Office of the Bishop
Christina Rossetti’s gentle and beautiful poem, In the Bleak Midwinter, was written in 1872 for a Scribner’s Monthly appeal for Christmas poetry. It is famously set to a delicate composition by Harold Edwin Darke, and often included in services of lessons and carols, its pleading solos particularly well suited to traditional English choirs of men and boys. (You can easily find recordings on YouTube.) It is perhaps more familiarly known to us as set to the hymn tune Cranham (#112 in The Hymnal 1982), by Gustav Theodore Holst, and sung at Christmas services in many of our churches.
I love the Episcopal Church, and I love the Diocese of Ohio. I have every confidence that you will find with us a spiritual home and worthy companions in serving all of God's beloved.