According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church, the manner in which a Worship Service is to be conducted the resposibility of the Clergy in Charge. This includes the choice of music.
However, the choice of hymns for a particular Worship Service may be delegated to the person leading the Service. Lay Ministers should, therefore, be able to make appropriate choices for hymns to accompany any Service which they lead.
A combination of several principles may be used as a guide in choosing hymns and music :
Note for Congregations with limited musical resources :
Some congregations do not have a musician available every Sunday, or have musicians of limited ability. Always consult with the musician(s) about the hymns or any other music.
Some congregations rely on pre-recorded music or MIDI files. These systems usually do not have all the hymn tunes in their memory bank. However, tunes may be substituted for one another if they have the same meter and the same pattern of stresses. If substituting a tune, make sure that it is a familiar one, and sing through it to make sure that it fits, before choosing it.
A list of hymns in the 1982 Hymnal, by meter, 97 kb, in MSWord .doc form, is available for download. The names in this list are not the normal names of the tunes, but those used with the "Synthia"™ system.
Other lists by meter are available as Web pages :
If there is a person with both computer skills and musical knowledge, it is possible to collect MIDI files of hymn tunes from the InterNet, or to pre-record them with a MIDI-enabled keyboard connected to the computer, edit them with suitable software, and use the computer with the keyboard to play them for the Service. This set-up can be combined with a projector, to show the words of a hymn on a screen while the hymn is being played. Such a set-up might be assembled for around $1,000. Dr. Shirley could give further information to anyone interested in using MIDI files.
Because the Canons of the Episcopal Church specify that "The Hymnal" is to be part of the studies for some of the Licensed Lay Mininsters, the hymns are from the Hymnal 1982. Those who lead or plan Services on a regular basis are encouraged to make their own lists of appropriate hymns, from whatever sources their congregation normally uses.
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Oremus Hymnal - Episcopal Hymnal hymn texts and MIDI files
CCEL Hymn Tune Archive - MIDI files and printable sheet music, but no texts
Christan Classical Etheral Library selections from many hymnals, MIDI files (no texts)
The Cyber Hymnal - over 5,000 hymns and Gospel songs, lyrics, MIDI files, scores
Christian Hymnals - MIDI files
Lutheran Hymnals - MIDI files and sheet music
The Lutheran Hymnal
The Digital Hymnal - texts and MIDI files of the Seventh Day Adventist Hymnal - has many of the same hymns as the Episcopal
Free Christian Software - MIDI files, the Baptist Hymnal, also many links to other collections of MIDI files
"God's Hymns in MIDI format"
The Bread Site - Hymn texts, scores, and MIDI files
IMC Christian MIDI Archive
Worship Songs - not a large selection, but icludes some renewal music
ChristMusic - MIDI files, guitar chords, texts
Multilingual Hymns - MIDI files and texts
Hymns, Gospel Songs, and Spirituals - MIDI files and texts
Lassen's MIDI page with some sheet music
Gospel Sermons and Hymns - MIDI files, also, information on how to use a computer for preparing or playing Service music
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Last Updated : Novmber 27