Tag Archives: Poetry

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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Man is great with God

How great we have become! The highest Seraphim Go veiled before our God. But we go nude to Him. ~ Angelus Silesius, Cherubinischer Wandersmann, III.203

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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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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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A splendid weapon

“What is our soul? A splendid weapon it may be, long, sharp, oiled, and coruscating with the light of wisdom as it is brandished. But what is this soul of ours worth, what is it capable of, unless God holds … 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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Late Have I Loved You

A famous Augustinian prayer, on this Feast Day of St. Augustine: Late have I loved you, Beauty so old and so new: Late have I loved you. And see, you were within And I was within the external world And … Continue reading

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