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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. 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]