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Archive for category Music: Hymns

Sister Delores Dufner OSB to Receive Lutheran Award

Benedictine Sister Delores Dufner will receive the Christus Rex (“Christ the King”) award from Valparaiso University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies at its annual conference this coming week.

Cloud Hymnal — a New, Digital Worship Resource and Music Tool

Cloud Hymnal is a multifaceted worship resource that includes, for example, an ever-growing library of new and old sacred music. Some music is newly composed by the Center for Music and Liturgy at St Thomas More, and some music is newly contributed by other members of the Cloud Hymnal. Additionally, there are 25,000 public domain sacred works offered. The music is easily searched and then shared online or printed.

The Hymn Society Selects a New Executive Director

The Hymn Society has selected a new Executive Director, Dr. Jan Kraybill to succeed Rev. Dr. Deborah Carlton Loftis, FHS, who will be retiring May 1. An active member of HSUSC since 1998 and a member of its Executive Committee from 2010–2013, Dr. Kraybill is a passionate advocate for the power of music to change lives for the […]

Highest Bidder Gets to Block a Hymn

Tired of a particular hymn? The highest bidder will be able to request…

New Resource Site, “Preaching and Worship”

A new ecumenical website with helpful search filters for accessing resources for preaching and preparing liturgies

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A Hymn for Christmas

Suitable for the Christmas Vigil Mass with its lengthy genealogy of Jesus demonstrating a theological interpretation of Israel’s history in three epochs — rising from Abraham (patriarch) to David (monarch), falling to the nadir of the destruction of the Davidic monarchy during the Babylonian captivity and then rising and surpassing the first era in Jesus […]


A Hymn Text for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A

This hymn of the day for Advent 4A celebrates the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, but in such a way that the text could also be used during the Christmas season. Stanza one is inspired by the interchange between God and Ahaz in Isaiah 7:10, but transposed to recognize that the sign […]

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A Hymn Text for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

“From Deep Within a Prison Cell” takes its inspiration for the first scene of the gospel appointed for this Lord’s Day (Matthew 11:2-11). Stanzas one and two recall the interchange between John and Jesus about Jesus’ identity. The third stanza starkly transposes John’s question to the contemporary world. I hope that worshipers would hear in […]

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A Hymn Text for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

This weekend the Gospel of Matthew presents John as: 1) a preacher of repentance in the light of the coming kingdom of heaven; 2) a prophet clothed in the raiment of the desert and eating food received directly from God’s bounty (cf. manna) without human processing; 3) a practitioner of a water ritual (baptism) which […]


A Hymn Text for the First Sunday of Advent, Year A

Even though it would not be possible this year to sing my hymn text intended for use with the readings assigned to the First Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass, I would still like to offer it to those reading the Pray Tell blog for meditation in this first […]