Monday, January 22


Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

The Battle Hymn of the Tridentine Mass, courtesy the redoubtable Fr. Z. The one downside is that you can't sing it to the tune of John Brown's Body, and it appears to have been written to fit the meter, to, of all things, the national anthem of that remarkable contradiction, the East German Democratic People's Republic. That in itself doesn't bother me--anyone who's heard the Gimn Sovetskovo Soyuza--it's the one in The Hunt for Red October, remember?--knows commies can sing--but it's just not exactly a well-known tune. But if it's catchy, this could potentially replace Long Live the Pope as my favorite bit of Ultramontane Triumphalist Quasi-Kitsch.

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