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The author of the book: George William Rutler
Edition: Ewtn Pub Inc
Date of issue: January 26th 2017
ISBN 13: 9781682780244
Format files: PDF
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Hymns are more than beautiful musical compositions; they provide us with a heightened language for praising and speaking to God, all while teaching us theology that reflects both the depth and complexity of Our Lord.
Sacred hymns in our day have given way to "fifth-rate poetry set to fourth-rate music," as C.S. Lewis once remarked. At times, the music used in worship can make us feel as though the culture is usurping the Church rather than being transfigured by it. There is a clear and present need to resurrect those distinctively different songs with a distinctively different vocabulary for people who want to live distinctive lives as followers of Christ.
In these pages, Fr. George William Rutler introduces and reflects upon dozens of the greatest hymns written from the earliest years of the Church through the Twentieth Century.
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Read information about the authorFr. George Rutler was born in 1945 and raised an Episcopalian in New Jersey and New York. He served as an Episcopal priest for nine years and was the youngest Episcopal rector in the country when he headed the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.
He was received into the Catholic Church in 1979. He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome, was ordained to the diaconate by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980, and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's Cathedral by His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke in 1981.
Father Rutler graduated from Dartmouth, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar. He completed graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University, the General Theological Seminary, and the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome. He holds a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology. In England, in 1988, the University of Oxford awarded him the degree Master of Studies.
From 1987 to 1988 he was regular preacher to the students, faculty, and townspeople of Oxford. He served as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph's in Bronxville; Our Lady of Victory in the Wall Street area; and St. Agnes, in Manhattan. He was a university chaplain for the Archdiocese, and also chaplain to a general hospital and a psychiatric hospital.
He served for ten years as the National Chaplain of Legatus. He is Chaplain of the New York Guild of Catholic Lawyers, Regional Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary (New York and northern New Jersey) and is associated with the Missionaries of Charity, and other religious orders, as a retreat master. Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN.
Cardinal Egan appointed him Pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, effective September 17, 2001.
Thomas More College and Christendom College awarded him honorary doctorates. He is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and chaplain of the St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York, the Robert Burns Society of the City of New York, and the West Point Society of New York.
Father Rutler has made documentary films in the United States and England, and contributes to numerous scholarly and popular journals. As a member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association, he’s published one book on the sport, in addition to his religious works.