The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 4, Autumn

Barefoot in the Dust: A Hymn-Poet's Memoir
Barefoot in the Dust: A Hymn-Poets Memoir BRIAN WREN. EUGENE, OR: CASCADE, 2017. ISBN 978-1-4982-34948. 238 PAGES. $29.00.What greater gifts have we been given than words, words, words? The language of the spirit becomes the language of the soul and...
Catholic Worship Book II
Catholic Worship Book II NATIONAL LITURGICAL MUSIC BOARD. VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA: MORNINGSTAR, 2016. PEOPLE'S EDITION: ISBN 9781925208955, XXVI + 756 PAGES. AUS$34.95. FULL MUSIC EDITION, TWO VOL.: ISBN 978192508962, XXIV + 416 PAGES, VIII + 692 PAGES....
Director of Research's Report
At the recent meeting of the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society (THS), I presented a brief report on the research endeavors being undertaken by friends and members of THS. At the same time, I shared with the committee two requests for support and...
Editors' Notes
It is good to be back with The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada through the medium of The Hymn. I am thankful for a break while Adam Tice was editing and thankful to pick up this work again with the Society under the leadership of Marilyn...
Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (EC) of The Hymn Society (THS) held its annual fall meeting at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago from October 24 to 26, 2018. Members of the staff joined with the EC for most sessions in reflecting on the mission...
From the Executive Director
Dear Members and Friends,It is an honor to be writing my first column for The Hymn. This journal has for many decades provided a forum for scholars to deepen our understanding of congregational song, to explore the stories of what and how various groups...
From the President
Taking Care of BusinessHaving never heard of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (THS), my friends and colleagues at Collington Life Care where I live, asked what we could possibly do for three days in Chicago at the fall meeting of the...
Have You a Favorite Hymn?
IntroductionHymnals can reflect a culture, a spiritual and musical language, and a theology. They can embody denominational perspective and musical traditions. Each hymnal is unique because of how, when, and by whom it was compiled, and most studies...
Letter to the Editor
"Evaluating Is Part of Our Job"Dear Editor:In her May 29, 2018, Letter to the Editor (Summer 2018, The Hymn, pg. 10), Ms. Alice Parker warns of "the danger of imposing an artistic judgement on diverse national voices," yet she proceeds in a subsequent...
Let Voices Break the Silence: Hymn Settings by Roy Hopp
Let Voices Break the Silence: Hymn Settings by Roy Hopp COLFAX, NC: WAYNE LEUPOLD, 2017. ISBN 978-1-881162-58-2. 63 HYMNS. $18.00.Though we have not met, I feel like I know Roy Hopp through his beautiful hymn settings. He offers a multifaceted collection...
Liturgical Renewal and Congregational Song in Cuban Churches, from the 1960s to the Present
I bring clave, guitar and bongo.I sing my son [a Cuban musical genre] of praise,I want to offer it to God.I sing my son of love of the Cuban land,The roots of my people rise up in praise.I bring from my Cuba beautiful beaches,The blue sea and its waves...
Praise, Lament, and Prayer: A Psalter for Singing, Vol. 1
Praise, Lament, and Prayer: A Psalter for Singing, Vol. 1 CARL P. DAW JR. CAROL STREAM, IL: HOPE, 2018. ISBN 978-93371018-1. 50 SONGS. $9.95.This is the first of three volumes that neatly divide the Psalms into groups of 50. As usual, the thoughtful,...
Reflections on the Word Hymn
BackgroundIn the 69:1 (Winter 2018) issue of The Hymn, Editor Adam Tice in his "Editor's Notes" mentioned a non-Hymn Society friend who "invited [him] to consider ways in which the journal might expand its scope beyond 'hymns,' which he [his friend]...
Singing Our Savior's Story: A Congregational Song Supplement for the Christian Year, Hymn Texts since 1990
Singing Our Savior's Story: A Congregational Song Supplement for the Christian Year, Hymn Texts since 1990 COMPILED AND EDITED BY JAMES ABBINGTON. CHICAGO: GIA, 2014. ISBN 978-1-62277-129-5. 103 HYMNS. $12.95.In this collection, James Abbington, FHS,...
The Art of Listening in Multicultural Worship
I recently played guitar for a women's preaching conference where the worship leader was criticized for performing a song that did not originate in her culture. A white woman, her decision to lead the song "Every Praise" by black gospel artist Hezekiah...
The Early Reception of Isaac Watts's Psalms of David Imitated
Isaac Watts's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707) and The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament (1719) were ground-breaking works that established the English hymn as we know it today.1 The Psalms of David Imitated is of particular...
Two Indigenous Lithuanian Hymns
The hymnody of Protestantism in the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) historically has had little influence on the hymnody of Protestantism in the West. While the Protestant churches of these states, particularly Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist,...
Women's Voices: Composers, Writers, Advocates
In my final column, I explore several recent works that focus on the contributions of women to the history of biblical criticism, congregational song, and musical advocacy. The first three articles narrow their scope to describing the impact of three...
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