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Al

Kresta in the Afternoon – February 28, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Kresta News Roundup: The Role of the Church in Politics

+  The Stories of Hymns (2 segments)

  • Description: Hymns are much 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 the complexity of Our Lord. But the Sacred Hymns have centuries past have given way to - in the words of CS Lewis - "fifth-rate poetry set to fourth-rate music." We'll reflect on some of the greatest hymns from early Church history with Fr. George Rutler
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. George Rutler
      Fr. George W. Rutler is a parish priest in Manhattan who is known internationally for his programs on EWTN, including Christ in the City and The Parables of Christ. He is the author of twenty-one books, and he holds degrees from Dartmouth, John Hopkins, Rome, and Oxford.
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    • The Stories of Hymns

      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. The text and composition of each hymn is included, as well as inspiring accounts of their authors and composers, fascinating stories and historical events connected with them, and notes on the significant contributions each one made to theology and music. Fr. Rutler has recovered here a rich musical legacy that will help us to give glory to our God who is Lord of all. (learn more)

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