Friday, September 11, 2009

On my other blog: Analysis of National Liturgical Music Board's List of Approved Hymns and Songs

I have begun my analysis of "Hymns Titles from Australian Resource Books - Rated 'Yes" by the NLC Music Board" on my hymnody blog "Sing Lustily and With Good Courage".

The discussion includes:

Hymn titles rated "Yes" by the National Liturgical Commission Music Board

Hymn titles from "As One Voice" rated "NO" by the National Liturgical Commission Music Board

Songs in Word of Life's "Top 100" Not approved by NLCMB review of "As One Voice"


At Friday, September 11, 2009 9:29:00 pm , Anonymous Harry said...

This is the criteria for Lutheran hymns which comes from Chad L. Bird's book "Why Lutherans Sing What They Sing".
1. A Lutheran hymn is congruent with Biblical doctrine.

2. A Lutheran hymn aims not to create the right atmosphere or mood for worship, but serve as a vehicle for the Spirit-filled Word of God,

3. A Lutheran hymn is not entertainment but proclamation.

4. A Lutheran hymn is shaped by the theology of the cross.

5. A Lutheran Hymn is not bound merely to paraphrase the Biblical text; rather, it interprets the Scriptures in reference to Christ.

6. A Lutheran hymn is bound to no culture save the culture of the Church catholic.

At Friday, September 11, 2009 10:14:00 pm , Anonymous Schütz said...

You will find my own criteria for choice of liturgical song here:

I do find number three in Bird's list above odd - and it demonstrates something completely missing from the list as a whole, namely the understanding that the purpose of hymnody is worship: ie. "praise" and/or "adoration" of God.

There is an aspect of "proclamation" to "praise" ("praise" is when I tell someone how good you are), but hymns are not ultimate preaching or teaching (although again, of course, it is important that what they say about God is true, because when someone sings something it really gets into their head!).

At Saturday, September 12, 2009 4:46:00 am , Anonymous Tony said...

Thanks for that David.

It all seems so vague to me.

On my quick squiz there are quite a few hymns that are regulars in our parish and I suspect a lot of people will be upset to see them 'ditched' and will be hard pressed to be convinced that they offend any guidelines.

At Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:03:00 pm , Anonymous Harry said...

One more thing about hymn tradition in our church, the LC-MS Lutheran Service Book has a triangle which placed at the verse that has the Trinity in it, we stand for that verse out of respect for the Trinity.

At Tuesday, September 15, 2009 5:02:00 am , Anonymous Schütz said...

I think you will find that "Our Supper Invitation" did not make the list of the National Music Board. Perhaps they should send a copy to the Archdiocese of Adelaide...


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