Questions tagged [hymns]

Technically a distinct style of Music, generally referring to the music typically sung in a worship service.

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Why do I sing, "Here I raise my Ebenezer?"

In "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," the second verse, says, "Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I've come." I have heard that an Ebenezer is a monument of some kind, but even armed with ...
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What does "Christ was born across the sea" mean in Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

The fifth verse of Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic, as published in 1862, goes like this: In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom ...
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"I will lift Your Name"

Lots of Christian Rock songs have a curious metaphor about "Lifting Your Name". Is this a direct reference to the words of St. Paul, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend (Phil 2:10)? ...
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Why does the Battle Hymn of the Republic say Jesus was born "in the beauty of the lillies"?

A seldom-quoted stanza of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" says In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died ...
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Is "A mighty fortress is our God" anti-Catholic?

So there's a hymn called A mighty fortress is our God (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott), written by Martin Luther; there's also a famous version by J. S. Bach. It is a call to arms against the devil, ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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Which was the first Roman Catholic hymnal to include Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"?

Recently I learned that modern Roman Catholic hymnals include Martin Luther's well-known hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Investigating further on, however, I find that the song is not ...
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What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?

Recently, I was asked to substitute "souls" for "men" in the hymn, "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," in order to be more gender-inclusive. In this same congregation, I caused quite a stir by suggesting ...
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