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July 29

Trinity Hymnal

In the July 1961 issue of the Presbyterian Guardian, editor Robert E. Nicholas noted that “perhaps by now you will have seen for yourself the brand new publication of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church—Trinity Hymnal. This long-anticipated fruit of a decade and more of labor is attractive in appearance and format throughout, and it was sheer joy to hold it in hand and turn its pages in a first brief perusal.” He pronounced the new hymnal a “superb work, and insofar as that which is tangible may do so, it brings to expression the Orthodox Presbyterian Church at its best.” The young people of the church, he added, “are likely to be both better singers and more joyfully aware of the meaning of making melody in their hearts to the Lord than some of us have been.”

Westminster Seminary Professor Edward J. Young, a member of the special committee that oversaw the hymnal’s publication, explained some of its special features: “There are many grand hymns of the church, hymns that over the years we have come to love. But there are also those with which we are not so familiar, hymns based on the Psalms and many chorales. In time we shall come to love these also, for they exalt the grace of God in our salvation and express our praises to God for his wondrous acts. Here, indeed, is a rich body of devotional material. If we neglect it, we shall be impoverished indeed.”

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