Category Archives: Hymns

The Fair Glory

Today is Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. And here is an ancient hymn. Written in the 800s, it asks for the help of angels, invoking their powers as guides, guards, and conquerors of serpents. But interestingly, … Continue reading

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Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

This is a holiday week! The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels is on Sept. 29. In preparation, here’s an angel-worthy hymn. It was written by Athelstan Riley and published in 1906 — thus proving that great hymnody could … Continue reading

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Psalm 148

To the tune King’s Weston Praise Him in the heavens, Praise Him in the height, Praise Him, day and evening, Praise Him, stars of light: Angels and archangels, All the fiery host, Praise Him: God the Father, Son, and Holy … Continue reading

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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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Peace to thee

A friend of mine just returned from a Holocaust conference in Germany. He briefed me on it over lunch today, not only on Nazi atrocities but on the uncongenial relationships between Europeans and Jews in history. Another friend of mine … 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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