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  • What's a Hymn For? (Catholic Music in the USA)

    11/02/2007 2:40:04 PM PDT · by maryz · 83 replies · 753+ views
    Standing on My Head ^ | November 1, 2007 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I'm having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal--which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in England--well we won't even go there. Apart from a few islands of decent church music the Catholic church in England was a wasteland. I am discovering that in the USA it is not much better. My problem is that I am actually unfamiliar with most...
  • Cross? What Cross?

    07/28/2007 6:54:40 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 14 replies · 477+ views
    Mere Comments (Touchstone) ^ | July 24, 2007 | Anthony Esolen
    I've recently been strapping on the swamp boots to wade through something called Glory and Praise, perhaps the most commonly used Roman Catholic hymnal in the United States and Canada. Oh, it is sloppy and noisome work, logging the bathos, stupidity, banality, heresy, and textual vandalism. I've concluded, though, that there is one factor that touches every problem, something that helps explain these apparently disparate acts of mischief: -- the neutering of old masculine language about mankind and even God -- the heedless fouling up of the old poetry, to update a "thou" and a "thee" -- the seizing of...
  • Jesus Laughed ("A new Church for people that don't like Church")['Baby Got Book' Video]

    07/10/2007 4:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies · 2,128+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 6, 2007 | Kevin Sites
    Preacher Dan Smith turned a rap song about babes with booty into a spoof Internet hit, and used it to help create a new church for people who hate church. Dan Smith thinks Christians take themselves too seriously. Pastor Dan Smith's 'Baby Got Book' video, a big hit online, helped him start his Momentum Church. "We can be dorks," he says after Sunday service in suburban Cleveland. "We can be Ned Flanders and basically speak jargon that nobody understands." The 33-year-old pastor has made it his mission to turn the notion of earnest, boring, humorless Christianity on its head —...
  • God of our Fathers (National Hymn)

    07/01/2007 5:45:11 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 1,882+ views
    Gospelcom ^ | 1876 | Daniel C. Roberts
    God of our Fathers (National Hymn) Daniel C. Roberts, the 35 year-old rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a small rural church in Brandon, Vermont, wanted a new hymn for his congregation to celebrate the American Centennial in 1876. He wrote "God of Our Fathers" and his congregation sang it to the tune Russian Hymn. In 1892, he anonymously sent the hymn to the General Convention for consideration by the commission formed to revise the Episcopal hymnal. If approved, he promised to send his name. The commission approved it, printing it anonymously in its report. Rev. Dr. Tucker, who was...
  • THE IMPOTENT CHURCH

    06/11/2007 9:54:32 AM PDT · by blue-duncan · 12 replies · 441+ views
    Grove Church/Crisis Magazine | Feb. 1999 | Leon Podles
    The Church Impotent by Leon Podles Despite constant feminist complaints about the patriarchal tendencies of Christianity, men are largely absent from the Christian churches of the modern Western world. Lay men often attend church activities because a wife, mother, or girlfriend has pressured them. As, Tom Forrest, a priest active in international evangelization, points out, only twenty-five percent of the participants in Catholic gatherings he has attended are men, and "when men do come, they are often brought along with some resistance by their wives." While men still run most churches, women outnumber them in the pews in Europe, in...
  • "'When Life's Troubles Rise to Meet Me': Sifted in Satan's Sieve" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    03/14/2007 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 442+ views
    March 14, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'When Life's Troubles Rise to Meet Me’: Sifted in Satan's Sieve"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")Tonight marks the third in our series of midweek services on “The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt.” We are using the life and the hymns of this great Lutheran pastor and poet as an aid for our Lenten devotion. We began two weeks ago by seeing Gerhardt’s life as an example of how to live as a baptized child of God within your vocation. Last week we heard how Gerhardt’s hymns warm the believer’s heart by pointing us to God’s great love all around...
  • Lutheranism's Sweetest Voice Turns 400: Paul Gerhardt's beloved hymns were a product of suffering

    03/12/2007 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies · 2,383+ views
    Concordia Seminary Institute on Lay Vocation ^ | February 23, 2007 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    Lutheranism’s Sweetest Voice Turns 400Paul Gerhardt’s beloved hymns were a product of sufferingMalcolm Muggeridge once called suffering the only method by which we have ever learned anything. Nothing corroborates this British author’s insight more profoundly than the poetry of Paul Gerhardt, who was born exactly four centuries ago, on March 12, 1607, in Gräfenhainichen near Wittenberg. For most of his childhood, youth and maturity, this Saxon pastor experienced one of the worst calamities that ever afflicted Central Europe – the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48). Yet “the religious song of Germany found its purest and sweetest expression in the hymns of...
  • "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    03/07/2007 9:03:06 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 384+ views
    March 7, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")During these midweek Lenten services we are using the hymns of Paul Gerhardt as our window to gain insight into the life of Christian devotion. Gerhardt’s hymns are rich resources for doing that. Generations of Christians have treasured these hymns and made them their own. But what is it about Gerhardt’s hymns that makes them so beloved? I think it is this: They speak to the heart of the Christian believer by expressing what is in the believer’s heart. We can identify...
  • Vatican Web Site Focuses on Lent

    03/07/2007 8:07:43 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 918+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Internet users can live Lent with Benedict XVI this year. The Vatican Web site is offering a compilation of the Holy Father's teachings and other tools for celebrating the liturgical season. The site's Focus section offers five tabs: Words of the Holy Father, Lenten Stations, Lenten Music, Calendar of Celebrations, and Live. The first, Words of the Holy Father, is updated with Benedict XVI's teachings during this liturgical season, beginning with his message for Lent. The site will include all his addresses during Holy Week ceremonies. Under the Lenten Stations tab is a list...
  • "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    02/28/2007 12:57:33 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 693+ views
    February 28, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")On March 12, 1607, in a little village near Wittenberg, Germany, Paul Gerhardt was born. As we approach the 400th anniversary of his birth in less than two weeks, and throughout this year, celebrations are being held in his honor literally around the world: a concert in St. Louis; a conference in St. Catharines, Ontario; the list goes on and on. In Germany, the Gerhardt jubilee is a very big deal. But this is nothing new over there. For many years there have been...
  • Our Heritage

    11/21/2006 10:02:51 AM PST · by Nancy Matthis · 29 replies · 457+ views
    American Daughter Media Center ^ | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 | Nancy Matthis
    Have we forgotten the words? As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, please take time to enjoy the verses of two traditional American songs, the Thanksgiving Hymn and the Thanksgiving Prayer. They affirm the gratitude of a people for their God. The copies we are sharing here did not come from a church hymnal. They were transcribed from a songbook distributed in our public school systems in the year 1945. This book was in every literate home in the United States at that time, and was called I Hear America Singing, or more formally Twice 55 Community Songbook. The assertion that...
  • Bishops to Vote on Norms for Hymns at Mass

    10/19/2006 6:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 1,519+ views
    USCCB ^ | October 18, 2006
    WASHINGTON (October 18, 2006) — The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16. The new norms, which will require a two-thirds vote by the bishops and subsequent recognitio by the Holy See, are to ensure that liturgical songs will be doctrinally correct, based in the scriptural and liturgical texts and relatively fixed. The norms are part of a new “Directory for Music and the Liturgy for Use in the Dioceses in the United States of America.” The directory responds to a recommendation of Liturgiam authenticam, the fifth...
  • Heretical Hymns? (Sacred songs that contradict church teachings)

    08/29/2006 1:08:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 170 replies · 4,549+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | August 29, 2006 | George Weigel
    I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what my wife regards as an intolerable volume is, for me, a terrific audio experience. It was only when I got to know certain Lutherans, though, that I began to think about hymns theologically. For classic Lutheran theology, hymns are a theological "source:" not up there with Scripture, of course, but ranking not-so-far below Luther's "Small Catechism." Hymns, in this tradition, are not liturgical filler. Hymns are distinct forms of...
  • Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories"

    06/16/2006 6:29:22 PM PDT · by conserv371 · 4 replies · 287+ views
    6/16/06 | conserv 371
    I picked up a CD by Alan Jackson at a Christian bookstore. I saw he was doing some of the old hymns and Gospel songs. I expected he was going to play in the Alan Jackson "country style". Instead it was a simple, pure versions of these songs using an acoustic guitar, piano, and organ. His family joined in on some of the songs. I learned on Amazon from a review that the songs were originally intended for his mother but he allows us to in a sense sit quietly in the room for this special moment. Anyway, for those...
  • 270,000 attend Mass by Pope Benedict XVI (in Warsaw Poland)

    05/26/2006 4:15:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 415+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26, 2006 | DAVID McHUGH
    About 270,000 people on Friday attended a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI in the same Warsaw square where his predecessor had inspired Poland's Solidarity movement against communist rule a quarter-century before.The faithful filled the rain-drenched Pilsudski Square, standing resolutely in ponchos and under umbrellas. Church bells pealed as the pope was driven to the square through streets lined with cheering, waving people. An aide held an umbrella as Benedict ascended a high Mass platform topped by a 82-foot metal cross.In his sermon, Benedict challenged moral relativism, or the view that there are no absolute values.In remarks read in Polish by...
  • Let us ignore the mantras of modernity and dance the sacred dances

    05/13/2006 1:12:32 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 7 replies · 524+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 13, 2006 | Geoffrey Rowell
    CHILDREN’S definitions of church are always fascinating. One of my favourites is that of the child who said that a church was “a place where people sing a lot of hymns and walk about in patterns”. For those contemporary expressions of church which owe more to the conversational idiom of the television chat show and where worship takes place in bland settings more analogous to lecture rooms than sacred space (with a corresponding loss of those essential elements of worship — awe, reverence and mystery), it is a description that may seem outdated. Nonetheless, what processions and hymns represent is...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "How Great Thou Art" (For Knitting)

    04/23/2006 9:54:46 AM PDT · by Full Court · 20 replies · 4,696+ views
    Pastor Mike Paulson ^ | taditional Sweedish melody | Carl Boberg, words S. Hine music,
    How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayed, Refrain:Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art! When through the woods and forest glades I...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "He's the Lily of the Valley" (is morning star in your bible?)

    04/06/2006 8:56:43 PM PDT · by Full Court · 6 replies · 4,242+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | unknown | Charles W. Fry, 1837-1882
    Lily of the Valley, right click and open a new window to hear the beautiful piano music I have found a friend in Jesus, He's ev'rything to me,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I seeAll I need to cleanse and make me fully whole:In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;He tells me ev'ry care on Him to roll;He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. Refrain:He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "Whosoever Meaneth Me" (real piano, free Mp3)

    04/05/2006 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Full Court · 27 replies · 645+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1910 | :J. Ed­win Mc­Con­nell
    Right Click here for the beautiful music!!!"Whosoever Meaneth Me" Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.I am happy today, and the sun shines bright, The clouds have been rolled away; For the Savior said, whosoever will May come with Him to stay (to stay).Refrain“Whosoever” surely meaneth me, Surely meaneth me, O surely meaneth me; “Whosoever” surely meaneth me, “Whosoever” meaneth me.All my hopes have been raised, O His Name be praised, His...
  • Monday's Traditional Hymn "Till the Storm Passes By."

    04/03/2006 8:32:18 AM PDT · by Full Court · 15 replies · 5,997+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1958 | Mosie Lister
    'Til the Storm Passes By, Press here for the music, played on a real piano! You can download all of these free to your HD Words and Music by Mosie Lister copyright 1958 Mark 4:39 "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face, While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place. 'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry, Keep me safe till the storm...
  • Your Daily Hymn (Traditional and played on a real piano!)4/1/06 "Crown Him with Many Crowns

    04/01/2006 5:38:19 PM PST · by Full Court · 11 replies · 357+ views
    Crown Him With Many Crowns, Press here for the wonderful music Crown him with many crowns Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown him the Son of God, before the worlds began, and ye who tread where he hath trod, crown him the Son of Man; who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast, and takes and bears them for His own,...
  • What did early Christians believe about Using instrumental music in worship???

    03/07/2006 11:57:40 AM PST · by bremenboy · 143 replies · 1,542+ views
    AQUINAS "Our church does not use musical instruments, as harps and psalteries, to praise God withal, that she may not seem to Judaize." (Thomas Aquinas, Bingham's Antiquities, Vol. 3, page 137) AUGUSTINE "musical instruments were not used. The pipe, tabret, and harp here associate so intimately with the sensual heathen cults, as well as with the wild revelries and shameless performances of the degenerate theater and circus, it is easy to understand the prejudices against their use in the worship." (Augustine 354 A.D., describing the singing at Alexandria under Athanasius) CHRYSOSTOM "David formerly sang songs, also today we sing hymns....
  • Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

    02/27/2006 7:25:56 PM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 94 replies · 769+ views
    Me | 2/27/06 | Knitting a Conundrum
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 So, now that we've had an interesting thread about praise songs, hymns, and such, what spiritual songs do you like or consider important in your life?
  • Hymns return to contemporary churches

    02/25/2006 9:50:55 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 166 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 18, 2006 | SAM HODGES
    Lake Pointe is a megachurch with contemporary-style worship. Years back, it dissolved its choir and got rid of its hymnals in favor of Christian "praise" music, played by a rock band,with lyrics flashed on big screens. That style still dominates at Lake Pointe. But in August, sensing demand, the church debuted its "Classic Service," an early Sunday morning alternative service with choir, piano, organ and lots of congregational singing – out of those shiny new hymnals. Call it a counter-reformation, or a rear guard action in the worship wars. But more and more churches that cast their lot with contemporary...
  • No More Hims of Praise:Anthony Esolen on the Contemptible Mutilation of Hymns

    02/19/2006 6:51:49 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 11 replies · 411+ views
    Touchstone ^ | March 2006 | Anthony Esolen
    <p>Even when a traditional hymn is included in the modern Catholic hymnals, one cannot settle in to praise God with words written by greater men than we are. Almost always, the lyrics have been so flattened, botched, castrated, and lobotomized that I’d almost prefer to sing “On Turkey’s Wings” (you know, “I will raise you up on turkey’s wings, la de da and la de da, la de da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”).</p>
  • Musical Mush: Are We Impairing Our Capacity to Think?

    02/06/2006 4:42:50 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 190 replies · 1,790+ views
    February 6, 2006
    When church music directors lead the congregation in singing some praise music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We had been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called, “Draw Me Close to You.” The song has zero theological content and could be sung in a nightclub, for that matter. When I thought it was finally and mercifully over, the music leader beamed at us and said in a cheerful voice, “Let’s sing that again, shall we?” “No!” I shouted loudly. Heads all around me spun while my wife cringed. I admit...
  • The heart of worship

    02/11/2006 2:10:39 PM PST · by LouAvul · 32 replies · 653+ views
    sacbee ^ | 2-11-06
    Traditional hymns to today's praise music: Churches are changing their tune to suit different tastes. snip Around the region, around the country, more churches are offering a menu of services to accommodate the tastes and styles of worshippers. From traditional to modern, churchgoers can pick the service they want to attend based on the type of music and atmosphere they prefer. It is in part a response to the so-called "worship wars" - disagreements over music that have grown in the past few years - and partly an effort to reach new churchgoers. "Music has become a very divisive issue...
  • Feb. 1 - George Beverly Shea turns 97

    02/01/2006 5:34:06 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 21 replies · 1,695+ views
    George Beverly Shea Profile "I've been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 50 years, and I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I know." -- Billy Graham Since George Beverly Shea first sang for Billy Graham on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night," in 1943, he has carried the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. He is the recipient of ten Grammy nominations, one Grammy Award (1965) and is a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame (1978). As the musical mainstay in Mr....
  • Songs That Make a Difference (in the faith life of American Catholics)

    01/23/2006 7:53:15 AM PST · by NYer · 79 replies · 3,102+ views
    Here are some of the selections that we have received from respondents to the survey of liturgical songs that have made a difference in the faith life of American Catholics. All Are WelcomeText and music: Marty Haugen, b. 1950.I believe that the words really are words for our time, both for our Church and our world. They tell us who we ought to be and what we are to be about as Catholic Christians. It calls us to be who we say we are. When we sing it at our parish I feel a real sense of community, even though...
  • Prayer and Meditation: More Love to Thee, O Christ - Words that move the heart

    12/27/2005 9:54:27 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 22 replies · 899+ views
    12/27/05 | Knitting a Conundrum and Various
    There are things that move our spirits, words that God uses to comfort, aid, help and heal. For me, perhaps because I do poetry, some of what has been important have been hymns, certain poetic passages from the Bible and well-known prayers. There was a thread I saw about how sappy and "I" centered a lot of the hymns of the last two hundred years have been, and that is probably true, but at the same time, these can have the power to draw us ever closer, or kick us over the edge when we nearly ready to fall into...
  • The amazing grace of Christmas morn

    12/23/2005 11:08:45 AM PST · by JZelle · 16 replies · 476+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-23-05 | Wes Pruden
    The malls and the Main Streets fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children are but ghostly echoes across silent streets. But the Christ born in a manger 2,000 years ago lives, liberating the hearts of sinners and transforming the lives of the wicked. The authentic story of the redeeming power of the Christmas message is nowhere more vividly illustrated than in the incredible life of an English slaver named John Newton. John Newton was born 300 years ago into a seafaring family in Liverpool. His mother was a godly woman whose faith gave her life...
  • A Hymn's Long Journey Home

    11/23/2005 1:42:04 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | 11-22-05 | Melanie Kirkpatrick
    The surprising origins of "We Gather Together," a Thanksgiving standard. Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing." It's a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims' experience in overcoming religious persecution.
  • PC HYMNS?

    11/06/2005 11:20:52 AM PST · by Daralundy · 8 replies · 270+ views
    PC Watch ^ | November 6, 2005 | Jon Jay Ray
    PC HYMNS? I personally love all the great old Protestant hymns that I grew up with -- despite my now being an unbeliever. So I felt that the cartoon below (backup here) really hit home: Maybe I am a sentimental old fool but, as a tribute to the wonderful original, I am going to reprint the whole of it below. You can hear one rendition of the music here. If certain unhappy souls in Paris at the moment had grown up with this hymn, the world would be a better place: Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a...
  • Gender-Neutral Hymnal a Concession to the Culture, Says ELCA Pastor

    08/27/2005 5:07:22 PM PDT · by dukeman · 63 replies · 1,173+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 8/25/08 | Jim Brown
    A conservative minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says he and other ELCA pastors are disturbed by the denomination's approval of a new, more gender-neutral hymnal. At its Churchwide Assembly in early August, the ELCA okayed a plan to update the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship by eliminating the "Father" terminology and male pronouns used in reference to God. The hymnal overhaul will include other gender-neutralizing and diversity-affirming changes to traditional Lutheran worship lyrics and liturgies as well. For example, in the Lutheran Creed, God and Jesus will now be referred to as "Holy Eternal Majesty" and "Holy...
  • Lutheran "Renewing Worship" Hymns released, with predictable revisions

    07/27/2005 8:18:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 52 replies · 1,509+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 26 July AD 2005 | David Baer
    I noticed that the hymn proposals for the "new primary resource" are available online at the Renewing Worship web site. Just in time for them to say that they have been made widely available before the Churchwide Assembly. www.renewingworship.org/about/proposal/pdf/Hymns.pdf In a quick look at the proposal, there are some suggested changes in tune and text that I like. For the most part it preserves what has been known in LBW and WOV. The changes are predictable: -- Those nasty words like "Lord" have been purged when possible (For example, see "For the Beauty of the Earth.") -- That nasty "F"...
  • Lying in Church

    07/17/2005 8:23:58 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 64 replies · 886+ views
    Touchstone Magazine (Mere Comments) ^ | July 17, 2005 | S. M. Hutchens
    I have known people who have left the worship of the church because they believed were losing their faith and could no longer in good conscience say the Creed, or in some other way participate in its common prayer. They could not lie to themselves and others about their beliefs. There are others, however, who have left churches not because they have lost their faith, but because the church demands that to participate in the worship service they must lie to God. As I write I have stumbled away from yet another Evangelical service where half the hymnody has made...
  • Are Your Hymns Too Spiritual?

    05/21/2005 2:17:21 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 65 replies · 1,109+ views
    Modern Reformation ^ | 1996 | Dr. Michael Horton
    The average Christian will learn more from hymns than from any systematic theology. Hymns chart progression from classic hymns of the 17th and 18th centuries (especially those of Charles Wesley, Augustus Toplady, John Newton and William Cowper) to the Romantic "songs and choruses" of the 19th and 20th centuries. They reflect the shift from Reformation categories (God, sin and grace, Christ's saving work, the Word, church, sacraments, etc.) to Romantic individualism. We sing, "I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear, singing in my ear, the voice of God...
  • Ban This Racist Hymn, Says Bishop (Why the Britain we knew is swirling down the memory hole)

    03/27/2005 5:41:38 PM PST · by quidnunc · 58 replies · 1,928+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 12, 2004 | Jonathan Petre and Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    A Church of England bishop has called on churches to ban the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country, one of the best known hymns, because he says it is heretical and has racist overtones. The Bishop of Hulme, the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, said the hymn's popularity was a symptom of a "dangerous" increase in English nationalism which had parallels with the rise of Nazism. Its associations with the British empire were also questionable in a multi-faith, multi-cultural society. The patriotic hymn, which is set to music from Gustav Holst's The Planets, is a popular choice for Remembrance...
  • Luther's hymns preserved

    12/03/2004 6:48:39 PM PST · by buckeyesrule · 23 replies · 507+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2004 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    Just in time for the holiday season, the traditionalist party in America's worship war has introduced a new weapon against modernist insurgents. Actually, it's almost 500 years old: Martin Luther's music. For the first time, every hymn the German reformer ever wrote, plus a comprehensive collection of his ballads and chants, have been recorded in English, and published in a set of four compact discs.
  • Reagan's Funeral Music

    06/11/2004 10:52:54 AM PDT · by conservativeinferno · 91 replies · 18,826+ views
    Fox News | 6/10/04 | conservativeinferno
    Does anyone know the two beautiful songs played while Reagan's casket was being removed from the Washington Cathedral?
  • When Art Becomes God: The Strange Case of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

    02/21/2004 7:54:13 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 116 replies · 2,334+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | 20 Feb 04 | Charles Colson
    How do you write the "political history" of a piece of music? The idea isn't as farfetched as you might think. Music professor Esteban Buch did just that in his book BEETHOVEN'S NINTH: A POLITICAL HISTORY. And it's an intriguing, thought-provoking history. Beethoven's magnificent setting of the ODE TO JOY (the tune to the hymn, "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee") appeals to people everywhere -- and it seems to mean something different to each one. One could argue that people love the symphony simply because of the lyrics that celebrate universal brotherhood, the beauty and emotion of the music, and...
  • Should some (Catholic) hymns be laid to rest?

    08/10/2003 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 223 replies · 751+ views
    The Tidings ^ | August 8, 2003 | George Weigel
    I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what my wife regards as an intolerable volume is, for me, a terrific audio experience. It was only when I got to know certain Lutherans, though, that I began to think about hymns theologically. For classic Lutheran theology, hymns are a theological "source:" not up there with Scripture, of course, but ranking not-so-far below Luther's "Small Catechism." Hymns, in this tradition, are not liturgical filler. Hymns are distinct forms of confessing...
  • Hymns(Vanity)

    08/20/2002 7:17:57 PM PDT · by Commander8 · 25 replies · 456+ views
    Self | 8/20/02 | Commander8
    What are some of the favorite hymns from in your church. I'm not talking about contemporary praise muzak, so-called "Christian Rock" or a bunch of grown men in robes moaning. I'm talking about real hymns sung from an old-fashioned songbook.
  • John Wesley's Rules for Singing

    05/18/2002 7:39:21 AM PDT · by Corin Stormhands · 8 replies · 721+ views
    Wesley's Select Hymns | 1761 | John Wesley
    John Wesley's Rules for Singing Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing. Sing lustily and with a good courage....
  • Catholic Hymnody

    05/08/2002 6:26:52 AM PDT · by neocon · 3 replies · 114+ views
    Various
    Orémus Pro Pontífice V/. Orémus pro Pontífice     nostro Joánne Paulo.R/. Dóminus consérvat eum,     et vivíficet eum,     et beátum fáciat eum in terra,     et non tradat eum     in ánimam inimicórum ejus. V/. Let us pray for our Pope     John Paul!R/. May the Lord preserve him,     and give him life,     and make him blessed upon the earth,     and not hand him over     to the will of his enemies.   Long Live the Pope! Long live the Pope! His praises sound Again and yet again: His rule is over space and time; His throne the hearts of men: All hail! the Shepherd King...
  • Chesterton's Hymns and Others

    04/30/2002 8:21:15 AM PDT · by history_matters · 16 replies · 142+ views
    Various
    O God of earth and altar O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide, take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men, from sale and profanation of honor, and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord! Tie in a living tether the prince and priest and thrall, bind...
  • Hymn For Today...

    04/03/2002 2:04:23 PM PST · by sola gracia · 6 replies · 130+ views
    Cyber Hymnal | Annonymous
    I Sought the LordI sought the Lord, and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me. It was not I that found, O Savior true; No, I was found of Thee. Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold; I walked and sank not on the storm vexed sea. 'Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold As Thou, dear Lord, on me. I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee! For Thou were long beforehand with my soul, Always Thou lovest...