Liturgical consistency and memory

In the old days, the first task of a young monk was mastering the Psalms. This meant memorization of all 150 Psalms. If that sounds like a daunting task, it is nothing compared to what it would be like in our day. Which of the liturgical translations would be...

Advent Hymns: Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth

Continuing a look at lesser-known Advent Hymns, we come to the marvelous and sweeping hymn  Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Thou Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth.”...