Category Archives: Church Year

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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The Cross Hath Won the Field

A good hymn for Ascension Sunday, no? *        *        *        *        * Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass, Ye bars of iron, yield, And let the King of Glory pass; The cross is in the field. That banner, … Continue reading

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Ascension Day

Leave me alone, and let me look Into that bright enticing blue: The floor of heaven, as if I knew What feet walk there, or what they do. We hear of four-faced Cherubim And spirits in the shape of wheels … Continue reading

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The sepulcher

Here, where our Lord once laid his head, Now the grave lies buriéd. ~ Richard Crashaw, 1613-1649

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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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