Thursday, February 21, 2013


 It has always seemed very clear to me when a Hymn is not Catholic. The close integration of Catholic Doctrine and Culture with Catholic Teaching more broadly, will always produce a distinctive hymn.

That is not to say that some Protestant hymns are not good. There are some fine examples, but the majority suffer defects in either approach or doctrine implicit in the text, making them unacceptable for Catholic use. And that applies to a number of them that have found their way into ou Hymnals and Parish repertoires. I will not touch here on the abysmal " Worship Songs" many written by supposed Catholics that undermine much current liturgical worship.

An Anglican hymn I like, especially because it is married so happily to the melody " Thaxted" ( Holst's " The Planets"- Jupiter), is " O God beyond All Praising" written by the Late Rev. Michael Perry an Anglican parson who sadly died in 1996 at only 54 yrs from a Brain Tumour.

It is filled with beautiful and dutiful praise to God and reflects Man's proper relationship to Him.

" Oh God Beyond All Praising

Oh God beyond all praising, We worship you to-day
And sing the love amazing , That songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder , At ev'ry gift you send,
At blessings without number, and mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you , And wait upon your word,
We honor and adore you, Our great and mighty Lord.

The flow'r of earthly splendour in time must surely die,
Its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high;
But hidden from all nature the eternal seed is sown - 
Though small in mortal stature, to Heaven's garden grown:
For Christ the Man from Heaven from death has set us free,
And we through him are given the final victory.

Then hear, O gracious Saviour, Accept the love we bring,
That we who know your favour May serve you as our King;
And whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill,
We'll triumph through our sorrows And rise to bless you still:
To marvel at your beauty And glory in your ways,
And make a joyful duty Our sacrifice of praise."

The Organ version is presented in the following You Tube Video. The organist is a committed young American Catholic - Tom Kopchak:

I urge you to to spare the few minutes to listen , and to pray the Hymn as you do.

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