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Catholic Apostolic Church hymnody

The Catholic Apostolic Church, founded in 1835, is generally associated with the charismatic Scottish preacher (and friend of Thomas Carlyle*), Edward Irving (1792-1834); members of the denomination were often referred to as ‘Irvingites’. Irving did lay some of the theological foundations of the Church, but he died in the very early years of the movement and before its foundation as a church, leaving John Bate Cardale (1802-77) and Henry Drummond (1786-1860), a well-to-do banker and Member of Parliament, as the driving personalities. At his home, Albury House in Hertfordshire, Drummond organised a series of conferences in the 1820s to examine the Scriptures with a view to identifying which...

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