The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, Winter

After Vatican II: Are We All Protestants Now? or Are We All Catholics Now?
The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) met from 1962 to 1965, and so 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of opening of the great reformist council.I will summarize how the council brought about changes not only in Catholic worship, but also indirectly...
Breaking into Song: Divine Drama on a Human Stage1
I want to compare liturgy with art. In particular, I want to explore the likeness between worship in the sanctuary and drama on the stage. But first consider this.Our Need for EnchantmentThere are moments in every Broadway musical when the dialogue slows,...
Editor's Notes
This issue is all about The Hymn Society Annual Conferences. If you have not attended one yet, you are missing a lot of what The Hymn Society has to offer. Father Anthony Ruff starts us off towards this summer's conference as he educates us Protestants...
From the Executive Director
A few weeks ago I opened an email that began, "Hi, my name is Alex and I have a ministry called High Street Hymns. I'm part of the re-tuned hymn movement." Alex went on to say he'd like to learn more about The Hymn Society and share with me about his...
Hymn Performance
An imagined, though maybe real, scenario: Someone has chosen as the first hymn for Sunday a month from now Julian Rush's hymn, "In the midst of new dimensions." I'm pleased to have a month to prepare for this one, as I'm not sure how well my congregation...
Hymns and Doctrine: God's Transcendence and Immanence
It has been said that hymnals are the theological textbooks of the "people in the pews." Hymns have always been used to present doctrine and theological teaching in the church through the unique and memorable means of music. This essay seeks to identify...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Smith, William S. "Why Do People Sing?" Worship 86, no. 5 (September 2012): 419-436.William Smith considers the appropriateness of singing lament in worship, a topic that has been widely discussed over the past twenty-five years, particularly in the...
"In the Midst of New Dimensions"
Glory to God, the new Presbyterian hymnal, will be published in the fall of 2013. For the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS). During this time we reviewed over 10,000 hymns...
Research Director's Report
This issue's column is more announcement- based than theme-based, so please bear with me.In my last column I talked about putting Hymnal Collections of North America online at Hymnary.org. It is up and running! If you look under the "Explore" section,...
"Sound A Mystic Bamboo Song": Sounds and Images of Christ in Asian Hymns1
Introduction: ccSound a mystic bamboo song"Taking Bill Wallace's hymn "Sound a mystic bamboo song"2 as a framework for this essay, we will see how the text points to particular images of Christ in the midst of Asian reality and how the musical styles...
Sound in the Lands: Mennonite Music across the Borders
Sound in the Lands: Mennonite Music Across the Borders Edited by Maureen Epp, Carol Ann Weaver, Doreen Klassen, and Anna Janecek. Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 2011, 287 pp. ISBN: 978-1-926599-19-9. $25.00 Canadian.At a 2009 conference at Conrad Grebel...
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