The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 2, Spring

A Theology of Church in a Contemporary Hymn
In its original Greek usage, the word ekklesia designated the democratic voting assembly of a Greek city. In his letters to the various Christian churches, St. Paul applied the term to the people or assembly gathered for worship. Only later did the word...
Beyond the Guitar: The Keyboard as a Lens into the History of Contemporary Praise and Worship
In 1986, Tommy Coomes, member of the pioneering Christian music group Love Song and longtime producer at Maranatha! Music, wrote on the front page of the first issue of Worship Times magazine,1 "As teenagers we older baby boomers began an enduring love...
Communities of Musical Practice
The October-December 2018 issue of Liturgy (33:4, available at tandfonline.com) is devoted to an exploration of the concept of "communities of musical practice" through an introduction and seven analyses by various authors of the musical-liturgical life...
Editor's Notes
Spring is coming in the northern hemisphere, with hints of warmth in the wind, pictures of flowers from more southern states, and more rain than snow in northern ones.In spring our minds rush ahead to thoughts of summer and singing at conferences. Have...
Executive Committee Nominations
For reelection as SecretaryBecca Whitla completed her PhD at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto's School of Theology in November of 2018. Her thesis was entitled "Liberating Congregational Singing: A Critical Engagement with Hymns, Songs,...
From Mountains High: Contemporary Catholic Music, 1970–1985
From Mountains High: Contemporary Catholic Music, 1970-1985 Ken Canedo. Portland, OR: Pastoral Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-56929-093-4. 155 pages. $20.00.From Mountains High is a sequel to Canedo's previous book, Keep the Fire Burning (reviewed in the Spring...
From the Executive Director
Dear Members and Friends,Just yesterday I was greeted by the first blooms of spring. Suddenly there were daffodils in front of our church announcing boldly that other flowers will soon follow and that new life is now springing forth in the northern hemisphere.As...
Hymns for All Seasons: The Complete Works of James Quinn, SJ
Hymns for All Seasons: The Complete Works of James Quinn, SJ Ed. Paul Inwood. Portland, OR: OCP, 2017. 924 pages. $40.00 (hardbound) and $35.00 (spiralbound).Father James Quinn, SJ (1919-2010) was a Scottish Jesuit priest and a prolific hymnwriter. His...
Igniting Choral Rehearsals with Efficiency, Artistry, and Motivation
Igniting Choral Rehearsals with Efficiency, Artistry, and Motivation Michael Kemp. Chicago: GIA, 2017. ISBN 978-1-62277-243-8. 223 pages. $29.95.In this new conducting resource, author Michael Kemp provides a framework for analysis of choral music that...
Letters to the Editor
January 23, 2019In the latest issue of The Hymn [69:4 (Autumn 2018)] David Music gave us a clear picture of Isaac Watts's earliest reception in England. An interesting sidelight is the way Watts was perceived on the other side of the ocean.Isaac Watts's...
Performing Ancient and Medieval Hymns with New Translations: Pre-Reformation Hymns Don't Have to Sound Victorian
Many twenty-first-century Christians sing hymns from across the two millennia of Christian history, including hymns from late antiquity and the medieval era (ca. 100-1500 CE). This is a good and important thing to do.1 The pre-Reformation era represents...
"The Entire Assembly of the Faithful": Moreau's Sung Pedagogy of Faith
IntroductionAs a sacred musician and a systematic theologian, we may seem unlikely collaborators for the retrieval and production of a collection of nineteenth-century hymnody. Kevin Grove, CSC, a systematician, works on the theological and spiritual...
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