Academic journal article The Hymn

Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603

Academic journal article The Hymn

Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603

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Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603 Christian Science Board of Directors Boston, MA: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 2017 ISBN 978-0-87510-504-8, 174 songs, $18.75

The Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603 is the first major new hymnal published for the denomination since 1932. The numbering of this collection shows that these hymns are meant to be added to the 1932 edition.

Two priorities were particularly important in the compilation of this hymnal: metaphysical clarity and musical excellence. The result is a hymnal that "meets the needs of all earnest seekers for truth" as described in the hymnal's Preface. The 1932 edition showed a broad outreach to many countries in its contents. This new edition continues in global outreach, including twenty languages in addition to English. For hymns that originated in a language other than English, the original language is included with the English.

The language of many of the texts has been carefully updated with respect to modern usage. Hymns are alphabetical, according to the first line. Scripture references are often included at the bottom of the page along with historical context, performance notes, etc.

There is a separate Musician's Edition ($32.00), with accompaniments appropriate for both organ and piano. Hymns which were intended for the piano contain helpful performance notes for the organist. There are also designated arrangements for the organ for fourteen hymns intended for the piano. …

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