In the year 374, on this day, St Ambrose was ordained Bishop of Milan, while he was still preparing for his own baptism. He was to serve in that capacity for another 23 years until his death in the year 397.
It is believed that it was through St Ambrose that hymns found their way into the Latin Church’s liturgy, hence the term ‘Ambrosian hymn’, although some hymns are ascribed to Hilary of Poitiers, and have an earlier date. The Ambrosian hymns all have a particular metre and are usually four stanzas long.
May St Ambrose pray for us, that our life of prayer may be rooted in the liturgy of the Church, and draw others to encounter with the Lord. May God bless you this day.