Song and Poetry

Having been alone all day, I decided to travel out to town for the 5:15 Low Mass offered by a particularly well-known parish priest in the archdiocese, well into his eighties. It was beautiful however emotionless my face was throughout the whole thing.

Beforehand was a Rosary for vocations to the Priesthood, and whilst I wasn’t fortunate enough to arrive on time for that, I did get in on the last few decades. The entrance hymn was one of my favourites: Lead Kindly Light.

These days in particular, it’s important that those responsible for liturgical music and planning certain hymns understand that beauty is not found only in contemporary Catholic song and poetry. The ageless hymns that seem to be less common, in my opinion, is always more interesting than the likes of “Eye Has not Seen” and so on.

Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman’s words do not just allow us to praise and glorify: they also comfort the soul. Picture the boat tied at dock. It’s a cold night, the waters are rough, the wind is high, the waves crash and the hollow thing is almost drowned. Yet the tranquillity of night is restored. The wind dies down to a gentle breeze and the rain ceases. “Order” is restored. Now the boat simply sways and rocks. It’s neither disturbed nor discontent. In this way, so has the beauty of sacred music an effect on our souls and the atmosphere for the Most Holy Sacrifice.

I might be gone foolish, to me that’s how I picture it.


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