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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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“Keynote Address” • Sacred Music Symposium 2019
published 2 July 2019 by Corpus Christi Watershed

HE Sacred Music Symposium is all about its participants—what they can gain. It is not about making movies, recordings, and so forth. Its focus is training those who attend. However, one of the participants took a recording of the Keynote Address using an iPhone, and we got permission to post:


The address was by Fr. James Fryar, FSSP, pastor of Saint Vitus Parish in Los Angeles.