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Singing through the Year: News and a Palm Sunday Hymn

Singing through the Year: News and a Palm Sunday Hymn

There's been a lot happening behind the scenes here at Music and the Church!

First, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation about music in fundamentalist Christianity last week! It will be available to download in a few weeks.

Second, this coming Sunday will be my first as the organist at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. Welcome to any readers from Immanuel! I'm delighted to begin worshipping with you all.

Last but not least, I'm making changes to what I post here at Music and the Church.

"Singing through the Year" will now feature hymns we're singing at Immanuel, and the texts will be as given in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. The hymns will still be based on the upcoming Sunday's lectionary readings, but they will include any kind of hymn rather than just hymns that work well for a solo voice with no instruments (i.e. me, singing in the car!).

In a few weeks, I'm launching a new series based on scholarship on Christian congregational music. The field of Christian congregational music studies has a wealth of material that's relevant to practicing church musicians and pastors, but most of it is not accessible outside of academic libraries. I'm going to post reviews of articles and books I think are of interest and will occasionally have guest posts from researchers (some of whom are themselves church musicians). 

Are there church music topics you'd like to know more about? I'd love to hear about them! Are you a researcher who'd like your work featured here, or would you like to guest post? Let me know! 

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This Sunday's hymn is a classic one for Palm Sunday: All Glory, Laud, and Honor. It was written about twelve-hundred years ago by Theodulph of Orleans, a theologian and bishop who was active in the court of Charlemagne. His Latin text was translated by the nineteenth-century Anglican priest, John Mason Neale. Our English hymnody has been greatly enriched by Neale's poetic translations, which also include "Creator of the Stars of Night," "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice," and "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation."

Here is a link to a congregational recording of the hymn. And here is the first refrain and stanza—this hymn switches the usual order, so the refrain comes first and then the stanza: 

All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!

Thou art the King of Israel, 
Thou David's royal Son, 
who in the Lord's name comest, 
the King and Blessed One. 

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