James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >
Communion of my Saviour's blood. J. Montgomery. [Holy Communion.] Appeared in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 511, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Lord's Supper," and again, without alteration, in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 130. It is not in extensive use in its original form, but altered, and beginning with stanza ii., as, "To feed on Christ, the living bread," it is given in Kennedy, 1863, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, the doxology which closes the 2nd stanza not being in the original.