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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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"Crucifixion" by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
published 7 April 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

OMETIMES AN ARTIST is more eloquent when he is silent. Prud’hon’s Crucifixion is powerful because he has hushed all areas of the canvas except for Christ’s languishing body. I find it interesting that there is almost no blood in this painting. Instead, it appears that it is Christ’s resurrected body, in all its perfection that hangs upon the cross. Perhaps this is a vision of Calvary in the eyes of God rather than in the eyes of man.

And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep… And God said: Be light made. And light was made. Genesis 1:2-3

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