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.