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Gueranger's Meditations and the Hymns

Canisius | 12 January, 2006 06:32

I have noticed that there is often a connection between Gueranger's meditation and the hymns he subsequently offers. While there have been a number of instances of this, I only have one marked with pencil: in vol. 3, p. 167, he describes the passage in Virgil that many took to be a prophecy of Jesus (it is rather startling); then on 171 he offers a hymn from the ancient Roman-French Missals that says, "Let the Virgin come, bringing new times to the world. The day is at hand for the iron age to cease, and the golden one to spring up on the earth." This is an allusion to the passage in Virgil, but the average reader (myself, for example) would never have caught the allusion had Gueranger not discussed Virgil four pages previously.

This makes me wonder: did Gueranger most often think of the meditation and then find hymns to suit it, or did he find hymns and draw inspiration from them for his meditation? The latter seems more probable. However it worked, it is very helpful for his reader to find a thread connecting meditation and hymn, so that the hymn takes on a new depth of meaning.


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