Friday, February 27, 2015

Hosanna!

I have a small collection of hymnbooks gathered from various Christian traditions. I just ordered another. Challies periodically reviews newly published books and Hosanna, Loud Hosannas was one of them today. From the description at Amazon:
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna is a hymnal, it is a textbook, and it is a devotional book. .... 115 essential hymns that every child should sing. Each hymn melody and text has on the opposite page biographical information of the author of the text and the composer of the tune. In addition there are suggestions of what you should consider as you sing this hymn. These devotional thoughts bring great meaning to these wonderful, timeless texts. .... Beautiful calligraphy by artist, Timothy Botts, gracefully divides the hymns under three broad sections of the Church Year, the Attributes of God, and Our Response. .... Keith and Kristin Getty wrote: "We are so excited about the publication of this hymnbook for children. Our prayer is that our children will be singing theologically-rich hymns such as the ones found here long after we are gone and will continue to pass them on from generation to generation."
The Hosanna Loud Hosannas site includes a page linking to pdf samples. Absolutely every aspect of the project seems to be beautifully done.  The first sample section includes the Advent hymns which are: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus," and "Of the Father's Love Begotten." Each hymn is introduced with a page like this one:

It all looks good.

 Hosanna Loud Hosannas Student Hymnal