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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, twisted concepts, whose only point is there twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use.”
— Rev. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Thoughtful Article On Hymns By Fr. Mark Woodruff
published 2 April 2013 by Guest Author

R. MARK WOODRUFF, author of this thorough Review [url], kindly sent us his well-researched article on hymns. It was first published in The Messenger of the Catholic League – Anglicans and Catholics in Communion: Patrimony, Unity, Mission in the April – August 2010 edition. The subject is the patrimony of the Ordinariate, concerning the place of hymns in relation to the Roman rite.

We have obtained permission to share this article with others. While we do not necessarily agree with everything Fr. Woodruff has written (which should come as no surprise, considering our strong opinions!), we feel that it is certainly worth reading, and present it here for thoughtful consideration by our readers:

                        * *  7687 Article on Hymns by Fr. Woodruff [pdf]