When Harris is at a party, and is asked to sing, he replies: "Well, I can only sing a COMIC song, you know;" and he says it in a tone that implies that his singing of
THAT, however, is a thing that you ought to hear once, and then die.
In 1761 John Wesley wrote his "Rules for Hymn Singing," which still appear at the beginning of the Methodist Hymnal today: Wesley's Rules for the singing of
Last year, while visiting an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cape Town, South Africa, I was moved to tears by a teenage boy who fervently joined in the singing of my favorite hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." I must admit that I was really surprised to see that a child of the 21st century was familiar with a traditional hymn at a time when a growing number of Christian congregations have traded in hymnbooks for overhead projection screens that beam the words to praise songs.
Since 1801, African American church folk have sought to assure that the transmission of our rich cultural heritage through the singing of hymns of all types has been codified through hymnals.
The first singing of
the song was within God's self.
Sing them from your heart, and remember that in doing so we are joining in the singing of
the angels and the saints before God's throne.
In one such instance, Paul D learns "the dollar value of his weight, his strength, his heart, his brain, his penis, and his future" but responds by singing of
the "bosses and masters and misses; of mules and dogs and the shamelessness of life" in order to confirm his humanity in the face of Schoolteacher's dehumanizing "value" equations (226, 108).
Tuned to the reggae beat and intoned on the guitar, the repeater, and the bass, the singing of
this psalm in the Rastafari Nyabinghi or ritual cultic celebration is one of the most authentic and passionate expressions of the Rastafarian spirit, a spirit of strong dissonance and rejection of t he Babylon culture.
Celebrating the life of Stephen and his powerful singing of
God's song can set the tone for all on this Sunday after Christmas.
What happens is this: People from all walks of life will listen to a choir as it sings music from long ago and far away or they join in the singing of
a beautiful old hymn or chant.
Another choice would be the singing of
carefully chosen hymns that fill the requirement of the text of the Ordinary.