The Book of Common Praise (Hymnal) 2017


The Book of Common Praise 2017, as its title suggests, is a hymnal companion to The Book of Common Prayer.
It gathers up the best of hymnody, past and present, into a single volume intended primarily for parish worship. Much care has been taken to ensure that words are theologically sound and that everything is eminently singable.
         This collection particularly preserves the heritage of two historic hymnals, The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal) and The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal) while adding the best of new hymns and contemporary worship music written since those compendiums. It does not omit any musical style from consideration. Like its predecessors The Book of Common Praise brings together plainsong, German chorales, Victorian hymns, Negro spirituals, shaped-note songs, Gospel hymns and folk songs.
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       Staple hymns of the wider Church appear in this volume, such as “Amazing Grace!” (omitted from The Hymnal 1940) and “It is Well with My Soul” (omitted from The Hymnal1982). But this book also incorporates gems of the Anglican tradition in particular: “Glorious things of thee are spoken” to the tune ABBOT’S LEIGH, the tunes JERUSALEM and REPTON by Hubert Parry, and the tune MICHAEL by Herbert Howells.
         Those familiar with the historic Holy Communion lectionary (Book of Common Prayer 1662 and 1928) will know that certain of the readings and themes lacked corresponding songs in previous hymnals. This hymnal has specifically collected songs to address those gaps, including:
  • Hymns that explicitly connect the love of God to love of one’s fellow man;
  • Hymns about Jesus’ healing miracles that consider theological dimensions;
  • Hymns about righteousness and sin that are pointed and particular in their language;
  • Hymns of judgment and imprecation;
  • Hymns about believers’ incorporation into Christ that use the Biblical metaphors of members of a body or of a vine and branches.

A thoroughgoing Liturgical Index also sets this hymnal apart. Using the historic Holy Communion lectionary readings this index suggests up to four hymns that would relate to each Collect, Old Testament reading, Epistle lesson and Gospel reading throughout the entire year. This allows priests and music ministers to bind hymns closely to the readings of the church year without resorting to unfamiliar tunes or texts.

         The Book of Common Praise 2017 stands out for its practical, substantial musicianship. Most of the hymns within it are arranged in four parts and may be sung in harmony if desired. This also includes many of the contemporary worship songs. (Rather than being presented with the words only, congregations can now read music and sing full harmony for these tunes.) Improving upon the format of The Hymnal 1940 this volume presents more of the words of hymns within the musical staves, making it easier for the eye to travel back and forth between words and notes. Also, guitar chords are supplied for hymns where appropriate and keyboard accompaniments appear on all pages with the hymns themselves, permitting a keyboardist to play any song directly from this volume. Music ministers will appreciate the thorough explanations of the traditional Anglican chant and simplified Anglican chant contained herein.
         Respecting the spirit of traditional Anglicanism, The Book of Common Praise attempts to supply congregations with a breadth of timeless hymnody representing a full theological diet, from milk to meat.
         Alongside four musical settings of the historic Holy Communion service (1662 and 1928) The Book of Common Praise also includes a complete musical setting of the Holy Communion ordo as approved by the Anglican Church in North America, making this hymnal an expression of ecumenical unity among traditional Anglicans.

The criteria that shaped this hymnal were true theology, beautiful poetry, well-formed music, a suitable match of music with words, and breadth of both subject matter and style. Consequently, this collection of sacred songs is perhaps the best expression of “the beauty of holiness” available to traditional Anglicans today.


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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9.375 × 6.25 × 1.5625 in