Honoring Ambrose, and all Doctors of the Church

Today we commemorate Ambrose of Milan, doctor, bishop, and hymn-writer. But even as we do so, it is fitting to honor all doctors of the Church as this hymn from the Brotherhood Prayer Book does:

1. O Christ, the Father’s Voice and His eternal Word, / What Thou wouldst still declare must needs on earth be heard; / And though we see Thee not, we yet may hear Thy speech, / For with Thy voice Thy doctors teach.

2. On Zion’s towers they watch, lest heresy draw near / To breach its walls of faith and bring corruption drear; / With guardians like these the Church abides secure, / For thus forewarned she can endure.

3. O Christ, eternal Truth, in Thee do we rejoice, / Though now our outward ears may not perceive Thy voice; / Still in Thy doctors’ speech Thy teachings we discern, / And thus of Thee our spirits learn. Amen.

From “Common of Doctors,” Brotherhood Prayer Book: Second Revised Edition
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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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