The hymn “Urbs Ierusalem beata” (Blessed city, Jerusalem), by an unknown author, is from the eighth or ninth century at the latest. The Liturgy of the Hours as revised by Pope Paul VI, consistent with the tradition, has assigned it to Evening Prayer for the anniversary of the dedication of a church.
Reverend Kurt Belsole, O.S.B.
Reverend Kurt Belsole, O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Director of Liturgical Formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He studied at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at Sant’Anselmo in Rome and has a website at www.liftupyourhearts.church.