Reflecting on Hymn Text

Anne Timpane

By Anne Timpane, Director of Music Ministries

In the Forward Day by Day meditation for All Saints’ Sunday, the author reminds us that hymns are not only songs of praise, but also wonderful resources for study and prayers. “Sometimes, when it’s hard to find the words to pray, singing or even speaking the words of a hymn does the trick.” Giving thoughtful attention to a hymn’s words can create a quiet space of reflection and contemplation when we are alone, or serve as an opening or closing prayer for a meeting or group event.

Poems of Grace, the text-only edition of The Hymnal 1982, is an excellent devotional resource. Its words give voice to our prayers and reflect our hopes, joys and responsibilities as Christians.

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