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NUMBERING KEY

  • A song number alone, for example "145", indicates the whole song is sung.
  • A number followed immediately by "arr" indicates the same words, but a changed musical arrangement from that presented in our hymnal.  For example, "461arr".
  • A number followed immediately by a "v" indicates that some of the verses (or words in the verses) may not be the same as those in our hymnal.  For example, "443v".
  • A "dash" followed by a "v" with numbers indicates the verses sung which match those in our hymnal.  For example, "323-v124" indicates that the first, second and fourth verses only are sung of song number 323.
  • An "x" amongst the verse numbers indicates the rendition includes a verse not in our hymnal.

SINGING, A CAPPELLA STYLE...


From New Testament times until today, Christians have sung praises a cappella (literally, "in the manner of the chapel" ) to God as part of their worship to Him. Following the example of Ephesians 5:19, they have sung psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, unaccompanied by man-made musical instruments.

Perhaps surprisingly to some who are accustomed to churches with pianos, organs, guitars, drums, etc., even today many different groups around the world including congregations of the Eastern, Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, the Amish and Quaker communities, Anabaptist and Mennonite churches, Primitive Baptist churches, non-denominational churches of Christ, the Free Church of Scotland, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, still worship without the use of mechanical instruments of music.

This section of our website is in several parts:

The first part (below) includes modified musical arrangements of songs found in the Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs hymnal, published in 2016 by Sumphonia, to showcase a variety of a cappella styles.

The second part consists of five succeeding pages (Songs 1-199, Songs 200-399, Songs 400-599, Songs 600-799 and Songs 800-850, respectively) of songs sung in musical arrangements consistent with the four-part (SATB) harmonies published in our hymnal.

From many different congregations and groups around the world, the technical quality of recording varies, but these are an attempt to put together good quality renditions of songs we sing locally, as a teaching tool for the church.  Sometimes words or verses may vary, but the musical notation is generally as published.

Songs from both parts are numbered from the hymnal using the Numbering Key opposite.  On each of the pages, you will find some duplication of a few songs, to highlight different styles of singing, or perhaps, additional verses.

The third part consists of songs published in various other hymnals (Songs From Other Hymnals), some now out of print or difficult to find, sung by male quartets, mixed quartets, or congregational groups from around the world.  All these songs are numbered, where possible and respectively, from the hymnal cited.

A fourth part concludes this section with a collection of Spirituals and Choruses collected from various sources over many years, many now unknown.  The human voice is indeed an instrument of great beauty.  Enjoy!


Technical:

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Ephesians 5:19

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."


FROM "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs"

Songs and numbers from the "Psalms, Hymns, and  Spiritual Songs" hymnal (2016) published by Sumphonia

FROM "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs"

Songs and numbers from the "Psalms, Hymns, and  Spiritual Songs" hymnal (2016) published by Sumphonia

FROM "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs"

Songs and numbers from the "Psalms, Hymns, and  Spiritual Songs" hymnal (2016) published by Sumphonia


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Click on these links to take you to more songs from the "Psalms, Hymns, and  Spiritual Songs" hymnal (2016) published by Sumphonia