Category Archives: Catholic

Wondrous Type

“Oh wondrous type” is a wondrous Transfiguration hymn. Some hymnals emend “type” to “sight,” but that is clearly a mistake. A “type” in the old sense of the word is closer to what we now call a “prototype.” Christ’s transfiguration … Continue reading

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Transfiguration

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration in the new Western calendar. It’s an old feast, with old traditions. The following is one of the oldest anthems for the day, written by a contemporary of Augustine. All Ye Who Seek … Continue reading

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Locusts and Wild Honey

… for this feast day of the first “Baptist”:  Saint John the Baptist, the kinsman of Christ. Let thine example, holy John, remind us Ere we can meetly sing thy deeds of wonder, Hearts must be chastened, and the bonds … Continue reading

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Resurrectus est

The Christians of the 11th century put it well: Christians, to the paschal victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, who only is sinless, Reconcileth sinners to the Father; Death and life have contended In that … Continue reading

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The royal banners forward go

The royal banners forward go, The cross shines forth in mystic glow; Where he in flesh, our flesh who made, Our sentence bore, our ransom paid. There whilst he hung, his precious side By soldier’s spear was opened wide, To … Continue reading

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Bread of the World

I’ve posted this poem recently, but it bears repeating. Today is the Anglican day of commemoration for its author–Reginald Heber, poet and once bishop of Calcutta. Heber’s poetry is sung today all over Christendom, in both high and low churches. … Continue reading

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Salve Rex

Hail to thee, King of heaven, Lord of mercy, Thou our life, our sweetness, and our hope: Hail. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we sigh with mourning and weeping in this vale of sorrow. … Continue reading

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