Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard that Concordia Publishing House has put together a new hymnal for children, One and All Rejoice? It comes out this summer. But whether you have children or not, I want to show you one of the neatest things I’ve ever come across!
Go to this page here. Download a sample if you’d like, but scroll down and get ready to geek out! Nope, not talking about 11 liturgies or other hymn stats. See the hymn timeline!!!
Yes, yes, it looks like quite a bit is recent, but all you have to do is click the arrow in the lower left hand corner. (The bendy arrow!) I love that there’s a hymn from 300AD! 340! AND DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!
Folks. I am not a swooner but I may just have done so. I think the hymns are color-coded to their season of the church year!
CPH. This timeline is rocking my world! I want timelines like this for EVERYTHING! Books! Poetry! CHURCH VOCABULARY! It is SUPER well done and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it.
Ahhhh. Unless my name were included as a hymn writer. 🙂 But I’m content working my way up to that!
Anyway, from what I can tell from the samples, there are season-specific liturgies, at least some chanting options, Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers, the Catechism, etc. I’m thinking an accompanying book must also be necessary, since some hymns are melody-only. At least a smidge of Latin is present, which I appreciate. A few “contemporary” pieces, but generally it seems like an upstanding selecting of texts. I’m not going to fault them for teaching kids some traditional spirituals and “Ezekiel Saw Them Dry Bones.” Some chords for guitar. There are additional hymnic settings of the creed and various prayers. There’s an obvious presence of Lutheran authors, recent and historic. Looks pretty good if you’re looking for a children’s hymnal followup to My First Hymnal.
But, again, whether you’re into children’s hymnals or not, I hope you dig around that timeline. I really like that!