Hymns Ascending by Anthony Esolen

Illuminations

Hymns Ascending

by Anthony Esolen

Who in our time writes hymns? If I may judge from my church, the Roman Catholic, it's a small cadre of usually liberal priests, former priests, nuns, and former nuns. Only one or two of these are both orthodox and any good at writing poetry. I'm not asking for greatness, but solid competence; not filet mignon, but Irish stew. Then there are all the meals that are both tasteless and laced with arsenic—but that is another article.

So it seems as if I enter a different world when I read a hymn-poem by a bishop, of all strange creatures, who was also an author of a variet . . .