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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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]