Francis Bland Tucker (1895–1984) was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 6 January 1895. A Bible scholar, priest and hymn composer, he was educated at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1945, he was Rector of Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia. Tucker served on the two commissions, forty-two years apart, that revised hymnals of the Episcopal Church. The 1982 Episcopal Convention overwhelmingly approved the revised Hymnal which includes 17 of Tucker’s contributions. Among these are the texts, Oh, Gracious Light (Hymns 25-26), Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted (Hymns 302-303), and his original text, Our Father, by Whose Name (Hymn 587). Only John Mason Neale is credited with more items in the 1982 Hymnal. Tucker was also a theological advisor to the commission that produced the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
A collateral descendant of George Washington, Tucker’s parents were Beverley Dandridge Tucker, Episcopal Bishop of Southern Virginia, and Anna Maria Washington who was one of the last children to be born at Mount Vernon.
Francis Bland is the brother of Henry St. George Tucker (1874–1959), 19th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and descendant of St. George Tucker (1752–1827), lawyer, legal scholar, state and federal judge for whom the St. George Tucker House in Colonial Williamsburg is named.
^ “F. Bland Tucker”. Archives of the Diocese of Georgia. Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
^ Armentrout, Donald S.; Slocum, Robert Boak, eds. (1 January 2000). An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. New York: Church Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0898692112. Retrieved 2015-02-25. (subscription required (help)).
^ “The Rev. F. Bland Tucker, Pastor and Hymn Writer; Press Release 84006” (Press release). Episcopal New Service. 19 January 1984. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
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