Churches download hymns 30,000 times for local online services

Jun 2, 2020 by

from the Church of England website: A choir of young singers has been heard by an audience of tens of thousands of people in spite of the lockdown thanks to a new livestreaming service run by the Church of England. Church of England parishes have downloaded hymns around 30,000 times from music provided by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London over the past month as part of a service provided through the A Church Near You Resource Hub website. The three most popular hymns...

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‘Daily Hope’ free phone line, bringing hymns and prayers to people’s homes, takes over 100,000 calls

May 28, 2020 by

from ITV News: A free phone line for people to listen to hymns and prayers during lockdown has been so popular it’s already received over 100,000 calls. Daily Hope is funded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and set up by Pippa Cramer and her husband Steve from their home in Claygate in Surrey. “I’ve had amazing feedback. A lot of people are feeling quite isolated, lonely, frightened – I don’t think you can underestimate how scary it can be at the moment for...

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Why We Miss Congregational Singing

May 21, 2020 by

by Joe Deegan, The Gospel Coalition: They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This pandemic has taken so many things away, but there’s one thing I never realized I would miss this much—congregational singing. I help lead worship at my church in Houston, so I’ve “attended” church every Sunday since the shutdown began—and it’s been one of the strangest experiences of my life. I never imagined singing for a camera with nothing but empty pews behind it. I never fully understood how...

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Could hymns spread coronavirus in churches?

May 1, 2020 by

Churches could reopen without singing in Germany. By Cara Bentley, Premier: Services without sung worship are a possibility if churches are to start gathering again. Across Europe there are discussions and disagreements about when and how churches should join the rest of society in being allowed to open to the public again – with some erring on the side of caution and obedience, such as the Pope, and others frustrated that church is seen as far less urgent than the reopening of...

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The Easter Sunday Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Apr 12, 2020 by

by Margaret Ashworth, The Conservative Woman: AS with my articles on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, I can’t do better than repeat what I wrote for Easter Sunday last year. THERE can be no greater example of bitter anguish turning into triumph and joy than the Easter narrative. On Friday Jesus was crucified, dying after six hours in agony. His body was placed in a tomb with a massive rock at the entrance, sealed and guarded on the orders of Judea’s Roman governor Pontius Pilate. The next day was...

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Hymn Society Releases “Queer Hymns” for LGBTQIA2S+

Nov 2, 2019 by

by Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: A collection comprised of nearly 50 “queer hymns” has been recently published by an ecumenical non-profit association that seeks to promote congregational singing. Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community was released in July by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Anglican Journal, the publication of the Anglican Church of Canada, publicized the songs, which were promptly shared online by the U.S.-based Episcopal...

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