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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Bad Poetry of Modern Hymnody

The Bad Poetry of Modern Hymnody

Anthony Esolen
 

In an earlier column, I asked why we could not sing hymns from the Christian treasury, which is nearly two thousand years old, and which features composers with names like Bach and Handel and poets from Prudentius to Thomas Aquinas to Isaac Watts, the Wesleys, and John Henry Newman, rather than silly, sloppy, banally sentimental, […]

Proper Liturgy Needs Doctrinal Truth

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
 

“This is why respect for truth is ultimately inseparable from what we call worship. Truth and cult are inextricably united—one cannot exist without the other, however often history may have separated them.” ∼ Joseph Ratzinger (1982) Liturgical thought today seems to downplay the importance of doctrine while elevating the significance of practice. The harmony of lex orandi […]

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