Tag Archives: Hymns

Heavenly Salem

Here’s an early Christian hymn, sung at the dedication of church buildings. For my Protestant friends, it’s kind of like “The Church’s One Foundation” (S. J. Stone, 1866) — only better. Blessed City Bless├Ęd city, heavenly Salem, vision dear of … Continue reading

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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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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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The Dove

O cease my wandering soul, On restless wing to roam; All the wide world, to either pole, Has not for thee a home. Behold the Ark of God, Behold the open door; Hasten to gain that dear abode, And rove, … 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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Invocation

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine … Continue reading

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