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The Lutheran Hymnal: Pew Edition

Item #: 031078 / 1941 / Hardback / 858 Pages


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Perfect for church and home use! Square corners, sprayed edges and gold stamping on front cover and spine. Moisture-resistant cloth buckram binding. Hardback.

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Lutheran Chorale is Important

The musical settings of TLH has our unique heritage of Lutheran Chorale in liturgy and hymnody. Beautiful! A whole style of music known as Lutheran chorale in four part harmony was tossed out with efforts to replace TLH. Even LSB has only mde marginal improvements in that area, leaving most of the liturgy and hymnody as a single tune with organ accompaniment. Hymnals are for people to worship, not for organists to perform. TLH was not replaced to improve worship, but for ecumenical reasons, attempting to rid much of what is uniquely Lutheran and replace it with liturgy, hymns and music that are similar, if not identical, to what other church bodies have. How else can one explain such a dramatic departure in hymnody and liturgy? How can one explain taking great Lutheran hymns and replacing the words and tunes from Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic and non-denominational hymnals? That has been a dangerous mistake as it blurs other important distinctions in doctrine and confession. I even prefer the old language. Terms like "Vouchsafe" in the Te Deum, "It is meet and right so to do" in the liturgy, and thees and thys throughout allowed me to worship with the same words and melodies as my grandparents and my kids. Those strange sounding words drove me as a youngster to look up their meanings so that I could understand them. It taught me very tangibly that if we worship a unique God and believe that we have unique doctrine, we should worship Him with unique words and hymns and ways. As our doctrine is different from other denominations, so should our liturgy and hymnody be, lest people look only at the veneer and be confused. Changing hymnals throughout the LCMS to move away from TLH was and remains a mistake. I will take TLH settings 5, 15, Matins and Vespers every day from TLH, along with hymns in the Lutheran Chorale style that are, in fact, Lutheran hymns. Truly, TLH was distinctive and united generations with hymns and tunes that are uniquely Lutheran. I hope LCMS moves back to TLH some day and rediscover the rich and treasured heritage it has tried to jettison. It can do so one congregation and one household at a time at a time. Blue cover or red, the 1941 edition is a true jewel if you are Lutheran.

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