Category Archives: Praying Twice: The Theology of The Hymnal

Praying Twice: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Those of you who have seen some of the most recent YouTube videos know that there is a giant mural on the wall above the altar in my parish depicting the Communion of the Saints. It is nothing like any … Continue reading

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Praying Twice: Love Came Down at Christmas

Christmas carols are lovely, but so often they just roll right over me. The words to many of the carols found in the Hymnal 1982 are wonderful, but they are associated for me with childhood memories, bits of forgotten television … Continue reading

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Praying Twice: The Church’s One Foundation

As Fr. Stephen Freeman has so eloquently put it, “For human beings, the Church is what salvation looks like.” This is a frightening thought for some and a downright scandalous notion for others. There is a virulent strain of American … Continue reading

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Praying Twice: The Theology of the Hymnal

Saint Augustine of Hippo is often credited with saying, “When you sing, you pray twice.” I have no idea whether he actually said it or not, but it does aptly capture the lived experience of music in worship. If you … Continue reading

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