Godward Bound by Anthony Esolen

Illuminations

Godward Bound

by Anthony Esolen

Here is some good advice from the editors of the Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America (1958):

The hymns should be devotional rather than didactic or homiletical, and their direction Godward, not manward; the hymnal must be ecumenical in character, expressing the continuity and catholicity of the life of the Church; the final criterion is not Lutheran authorship, but agreement with the teachings of the Word of God; the hymnal must have the highest standards of literary excellence, and each hymn, being an act of worship, should be exalted in language, noble in thou . . .