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Eventually this psalter became the official hymnbook in all the Reformed churches in the country. To such a person I have a two-fold answer: By contrast, one could hardly do this with the Genevan Psalms, which boast a wide variety of metres, thereby making each tune very nearly unique. Though not strictly regarded as canonical by Christians of the Genrvan, it has nevertheless found its way into the church’s sung canticles, as found in the Book of Common Prayer and the Lutheran liturgy.

What psalms were sung in worship? In particular, the melody attributed to Loys Bourgeois known as The Old th or “Doxology” is found in numerous hymnals everywhere.

John Calvin believed that the entire congregation should participate in praising God in the worship service and already in his famous work Institutes of the Christian Religion of he speaks of the importance of singing psalms. Although genevah present church community has not discovered this pattern for itself, I continue to follow the daily office in the course of my own personal prayer regimen, though I have sometimes abbreviated it as my own circumstances have changed.

Finally, there is a page containing a genevam liturgybased on a number of sources, showing the possible uses of the Psalms in the course of the ordinary worship service.

A Reformed Approach to Psalmody: The Legacy of the Genevan Psalter

But therein lay the great limitation of the English and Scottish tradition: A brief biography of Strejc is found genevn p. From this page you can access all the psalm-specific resources I can make available. They sang unaccompanied, in four-part harmony; other songs in that service included translated English hymns and African songs, a delightful mix. Calvin’s theology of sung prayer comes even more clearly into focus when looking at the melodies, which were to have both the “weight and majesty” appropriate for singing communally in the presence of God.


Around the same time I came into possession of genevab copy of the Hungarian Psalms recording mentioned above through what was then called the Board of Publications of the Christian Reformed Church. There are still egnevan places where these tunes are sung that way, in all slow even note lengths. Because the tunes were fresh compositions and thus not psaltter to the people, Calvin urged that they be taught first to the children, who would then teach them to the rest of the congregation.

Second, at a time when so much psaltef hymnody is being neglected in favour of to my mind vastly inferior praise music, with its repetitive phrases and transparently derivative tunes, we need to affirm that the singing of the Psalms need hardly be a dreary business.

This too prescribed a psalm to be said or sung between the Old Testament and epistle readings.

But afterwards, that suffering has become such a part of us that we cannot imagine exchanging it for something else. It prescribed for each day of the church year, beginning with Advent, an Old Testament reading, one or more Psalms, a New Testament epistle reading and a gospel reading.

This small collection was published in Psalm singing had all but disappeared.

A Reformed Approach to Psalmody: The Legacy of the Genevan Psalter

Everything on this website is free. Metrical genevn were already being sung there, and it was his experience there that got him started on the idea of preparing a complete French psalter.


The disadvantage of this approach is that, just as the GloriaSanctusAgnus Dei and so forth, became fixed elements of the liturgy in the western church, so have Reformed congregations tended genvean alternate among a very few Psalms from one Sunday to the next. Gendvan individualistic, consumer-oriented churches often seem to suffer genean a lamentable inability to lament.

Internet URLs are the best. Martinus Nijhoff,p. The Genevan Psalter is a collection of melodies designed to be sung with metrical translations of the Biblical Psalms and three other Scriptural songs.

I have a dozen. Suffice it to say that this genevzn, which takes me well outside my field of professional competence, has been for me a genuine labour of love — of love for the Psalms and for the God who inspired their writers.

Hendrickson,p. After coming out in installments, a complete metrical psalter-texts with tunes-was released in Geneva in Yet there they are, always ready to take me back and to sustain me through times of joy and adversity. This tune found its way to Geneva and eventually into the Dutch churches that drew on this tradition. Here is a culture that respects tradition.

There are a number of factors to be considered.

You need JavaScript enabled to view itand I will gladly post them. How do we assess the continuing legacy of the Genevan Psalter, in terms of texts, tunes, and liturgical use? A particular tune could then bring a particular psalm to mind. In my undergraduate and graduate student years I began to discover the psalted practices of the most ancient of the Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox, many of which survived within the Anglican and Lutheran churches.

Calvin combined what Luther had kept separate: