Using any of the standard hymnals, what is the oldest hymn that people are still singing?
- The Baptist Hymnal 1975 / 1991 / 2008,
- The Faith We Sing (Methodist, right?),
- The (Episcopal) Hymnal 1982,
- Adoremus (or anything else Catholics use)
- or just about any standard denominationally based hymnal in current usage
Alternatively, I'll take anything on Hymnary.org, since my aim is just to find old hymns - I'm just trying to avoid someone pulling out a hymnal from the 1700s and pulling out some song nobody knows...
Let me strike out one answer real quick - yes, I know the Psalms is a Jewish hymnbook. The problem that I have with including the Psalms in the scope of this question is that we don't have the music :)
I suspect somebody can find obscure hymns that are old, but I'm looking for old hymns that are still sung widely. I suspect things like the Doxology, the Sanctus, or other parts of the Mass would be likely candidates, but I'd like to see the oldest we can come up with.
Please include the date of the text and the music, if you could
e.g. "All Creatures of Our God and King", words by Francis of Assisi (1200s), tune is Lasst Uns Erfreuen, 1623.