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Vigiles et Sancti Redux: First Things on Bernard the Hymn Writer

“Some of the greatest preachers we’ve had have been our hymn-writers.” He noted that the sermons preached through hymns are heard not only by one audience in one time, but by countless men and women throughout the ages. In this Bernard was no exception, authoring the hymns we know as “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” “O Jesus, King Most Wonderful,” and the variously translated “Jesu, Dulcis Memoria.”

All of these are rich, beautiful, and focused clearly on the adoration of Christ. Which is exactly what liturgical music should be–a supplement to the order of service that lifts our minds to God instead of sinking them back into ourselves.

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