Purge this land of bitter things

I was surprised and gratified to discover that this was to the opening hymn sung at Mass in my parish this Sunday: Judge eternal, throned in splendor, Lord of lords and King of kings, with the living fire of judgment purge this land of bitter things; solace all its wide dominion with the healing of thy wings. Still the weary folk are pining for the hour …

Laboring and resting: “On This Day, the First of Days”

Many years ago, a wise priest taught me that an excellent way to recollect myself before the beginning of Mass is to meditate on the texts of the hymns of the day. I have followed this practice now for decades and, provided the hymns are well-written and carefully selected, find it very helpful. (At Masses where the “hymns” are poorly written songs full of dubious theology, …