What Did He Do?

My wife was recently trying to select hymns for my son to play on Trinity Sunday in the small church where we attend Mass in the summer, in Cape Breton. The Canadian Book of Worship III is not very obliging. Most of the songs are contemporary trash. Most of the remainder are unsuitable for Christian consumption, their texts having been rendered heretical or imbecile. The emphasis in general is on our feelings, not on the mighty deeds of God. So she pretty much gave up on it. The Trinity may be the central mystery of the Christian faith, but you wouldn't know it from that dreadful hymnal.

The mighty deeds of God, the mystery of the Godhead, the . . .

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Anthony Esolen is a professor at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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