Articles by Kathleen Pluth

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New Dominican Album

This morning, 12 Dominican friars are professing their final vows, “unto death,” in Washington, DC. The Eastern Province of St. Joseph Dominican Fathers and Brothers have experienced an extraordinary vocations boom in the last decade and more now, resu…

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Accidental Ecumenism

One of my hymn writing hobbies is translating Latin office hymns into clear, plain English. To me, it’s like finding treasures that have been packed away in the attic for many years, and discovering them and polishing them off so that they can be used …

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Yesterday’s DC March for Life coincided with an unusually large snowfall, and some of the pilgrim buses have been stuck on the highways making their return trips home.This morning, after 17 hours on the road, some of the groups got together for a Mass,…

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Hymn in Honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Last year about this time this hymn text was commissioned for the dedication of a wonderful parish’s altar renovation and dedication.

Hymn in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, c. 2015 Kathleen Pluth

Tune: Laudes Domini 

 God fills His saints with grace
To finish out the race,

His servants unto death.

Then let our praises swell,

Glad hymns to God forthtell

For Saint Elizabeth.

Her childhood’s rising sun

In holy paths would run,

Remembering God’s will.

Through early loss she prayed,

And close to Jesus stayed:

His pleasure to fulfill.

A mother and a wife,

She served in family life

Through many joys and fears:

The trials and pleasures of

The motherhood of love—

The motherhood of tears.

In lonely sacrifice,

She turned to Jesus Christ:

The Blessed Sacrament,

She left her worldly friends

For love that never ends.

With joy to God she went.

In time she gathered round,

By vows of service bound,

A band of charity

A seed on fertile land,

That by God’s grace grew grand:

The seed became a tree.

O Triune, ever blest,

Eternally at rest,

Be with us till the end.

Help us to do the right,

With calm and steady might,

Our King, our Guide, our Friend.

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Now God Is Flesh

Man altered was by sin from man to beast;Beast’s food is hay, hay is all mortal flesh.Now God is flesh and lies in manger pressedAs hay, the brutest sinner to refresh.O happy field wherein that fodder grew,Whose taste doth us from beasts to men renew.&…

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