Academic journal article The Hymn

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Academic journal article The Hymn

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Eat this bread and never hunger,

drink this cup and never thirst;

Christ invites us to the table

where the last become the first.

On a recent summer Sunday morning, as my congregation gathered around the communion table and sang these beautiful words (and tune) of Dan Damon, I felt - as I often do - the presence of a cloud of witnesses. As people of faith, gathered in worship week after week, year after year, we sing our stories. Whether it is a twentyfirst century hymn like Dan's, or an eighteenth-century hymn that reaches out to us across two hundred and fifty years, hymnody is how we continue to tell and retell those sacred stories.

As this issue of The Hymn began to take shape, the phrase "Forward through the ages" kept crossing my mind. Our three feature articles delve into hymn texts that range from the fourth century to the nineteenth - and tunes from the twelfth to the twenty-first. Vincent Lenti takes us into the heart of a beloved hymn, "Of the Father's Love Begotten." As many of us begin our planning for the seasons of fall and winter, this article will be a delight both for your personal study and for sharing with others. Cynthia Aalders's article, "'In melting grief and ardent love': Anne Steele's Contribution to Eighteenth-Century Hymnody," provides us with an intimate glimpse into the Ufe and spiritual journey of an early woman hymnwriter. Although women have written hymns through the ages, Anne Steele is considered the mother of the English hymn. …

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