Academic journal article The Hymn

A Hymn Tune Psalter, Book Two: Gradual Psalms: The Season after Pentecost: Revised Common Lectionary Edition

Academic journal article The Hymn

A Hymn Tune Psalter, Book Two: Gradual Psalms: The Season after Pentecost: Revised Common Lectionary Edition

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A hymn tune Psalter, book two: gradual psalms The season after Pentecost: Revised Common Lectionary edition by Carl P. Daw, Jr., and Kevin R. Hackett. New York City: Church Publishing, 2008. Comb binding, 262 pp. ISBN 978-0-89869-573-1. US $30.00.

Much about the book of Psalms is unknown. While most people today would credit David with some, but not all, of the 150 "psalms of David," authorship of many psalms remains a mystery. While there is general agreement that the psalms were sung, we shall never know for sure how they sounded. How the psalms were originally used in the lives of the ancient Hebrews has been the subject of much study, but little agreement. While some of the psalms were used in Temple worship, to what extent, if any, Temple worship or early synagogue practices formed Christian worship is unclear.

One thing is sure: the Hebrew psalms have been an important part of Christian worship and devotional life for many centuries. As currently used, psalms are often read for private devotions, or read or sung in public worship. A hymn tune Psalter is designed as an aid to singing the psalms in worship.

Originally published in 1998, A hymn tune Psalter has been revised and updated to conform to the Revised Common Lectionary now in use in the Episcopal Church. The volume at hand - the second of a two-volume set - contains gradual psalms for the last half of the church year (Trinity Sunday through Proper 29), for Series A, B, and C. For each proper, settings for both the "C" (continuous, sometimes called alternate) and "G" (Gospel-related) track are provided.

As the title suggests, each of the psalm settings uses a short portion of a hymn tune adapted for use as an antiphon; in all, sixty-five different tunes are used. …

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