Tag Archives: Hymns

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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Epiphanies

Epiphanytide is what we’re in right now. It’s the stretch between the adoration of the magi and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Ash Wednesday, depending on your tradition. That’s because there’s not just one Epiphany. “Epiphany” is … Continue reading

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From 1684

One of the Wexford carols. On Christmas night all Christians sing To hear the news the angels bring. News of great joy, cause of great mirth News of our King, his birth. The King of Kings of earth and heaven … Continue reading

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Awake and Hearken

One great love-worthy thing about the traditional Advent season is the way it runs together the first coming of Christ with the second coming. Take this hymn, for example.  It opens with the announcement of Christ’s return.  Is this an announcement … Continue reading

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