In 1816 he was ordained priest and in 1827 he published a popular collection of devotional poems entitled ‘The Christian Year’. On 14th July 1833 he made his national mark when he preached the Assize Sermon ‘On National Apostasy’ at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. This sermon inaugurated the Oxford Movement, of which Keble, J.H. Newman and E.B. Pusey, were the leaders. It was also known as ‘Tractarianism’ because it sought to promulgate its views through a series of ‘Tracts for the Times’. Their object was to combat the dangers to national religion from the liberalising and modernising currents of the age by re-affirming the roots of the Anglican Church in Catholic doctrine, and by reconnecting contemporary Anglicanism with the teachings of the early Church Fathers.
Despite his brilliance, Keble was a humble man who neither sought nor received preferment in the Church but spent most of his working life as a parish priest at Hursley, near Winchester, where he died in 1866. His ‘day’ is 14th July.