Monthly Archives: December 2011

Singing “Silent Night”

“Silent Night,” because of the flow of the tune, is often sung incorrectly, or at least thoughtlessly, in several ways. In the first verse, the tune encourages the singer to mentally punctuate the song thus: Silent night, holy night. All … Continue reading

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Johann Heermann, “Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing”

Johann Heermann, “Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing” A good hymntext in the face of temptation.  Our family just finished reading a book by Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within, based on John Owen’s treatment of sin and temptation, and this … Continue reading

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The Open Hymnal

I’m probably the last person interested in hymns to have come across The Open Hymnal, so my apologies if this is old news. Anyone who has tried to come up with a score for an older hymn to distribute to … Continue reading

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