Monday, October 21, 2013

Hymns in the Reformation tradition

Reformation Day approaches and in a post titled "Reformation Hymnody," "The Catechizer" at The Wittenberg Door contrasts the emphases of hymns of the 16th and 17th centuries with much of what is sung in worship today: "Informed by the recovery of the great truths of Scripture, hymns of the Reformation were Christocentric and theologically astute. They not only aided in worship, but they also acted as a teaching tool." He provides a table of examples of such 16th and 17th century hymns (I added the links):
Hymn and Author
All People That On Earth Do DwellLouis Bourgeois, William Kethe
All Praise to God, Who Reigns AboveJohann Schutz
Now Blessed Be The Lord Our GodScottish Psalter
Ye Holy Angels BrightRichard Baxter
O Come, Let Us Sing to the LordScottish Psalter
Let us, With a Gladsome MindJohn Milton
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of CreationJoachim Neander
With Glory Clad, With Strength ArrayedTate and Brady's
The Lord's My ShepherdScottish Psalter
A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodMartin Luther
Now Thank We All Our GodMartin Rinkart, Johann Cruger
O God, We Praise Thee; and ConfessTate and Brady's
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Thy WordMartin Luther
Whate'er My God Ordains is RightSamuel Rodigast
O Thou My Soul, Bless God the LordScottish Psalter
O Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee?Paul Gerhardt, Melchior Teschner
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of All NatureMunster Gesangbuch
Wondrous King, All-Glorious, Sov'reign Lord VictoriousJoachim Neander
I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer ArtStrasbourg Psalter
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!Georg Weissel
Comfort, Comfort Ye My PeopleJohannes Olearius, Louis Bourgeois
All My Heart This Night RejoicesPaul Gerhardt, Johann Ebeling
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The Wittenberg Door: Reformation Hymnody