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Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song [Paperback]

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Wren discusses the thorny issues involving congregational singing today: the indispensable nature of public worship; contemporary worship music; the lyrics of different types of congregational songs, such as choruses, hymns, chants and ritual songs; and the importance of using hymn lyrics as poetry. He shows why hymn lyrics are altered throughout time and how they illustrate theology.

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In this in depth look at hymns, Brian Wren explores the theological significance of congregational song, asks how music has meaning for its singers, and considers the importance of contemporary worship music. He argues that a hymn is a complex art form, deserving of recognition and study for its contributions to worship, education, and pastoral care.

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Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song Wren has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 10/11/2000 page 1012

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   422
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 5.94" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664256708  
ISBN13  9780664256708  

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Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song  May 25, 2008
I have wanted to add this to my library for some time, It was wonderful
receiving it in record time. Thank you
Useful in proposing a particular view  Jun 24, 2005
Brian Wren is an exponent of a particular approach to congregational hymns is firmly rooted in his Reformed background and related understanding of the function of religious services. This underlies his concern regarding inclusive language, multicultural usage, social justice issues etc. From this viewpoint he intelligently discusses the role of hymns in worship, appropriate language including revision of old hymns, selection and performance of hymns ... While my understanding of worship, historical continuity etc. differs from Wren's, this volume is an interesting and articulate expression of a particular point of view - a view important for the understanding of contemporary mainline Protestant hymnody.
Renewing Singing in the Church  Oct 23, 2003
Wren is one of the most accomplished living hymn-writers in the English language. Who better then to remind us of the importance of strong singing for Christian worship? I have cherished this book myself since it appeared, but this year I have also made it required reading for the seminarians I teach in my Introduction to Worship course. It is an ideal source for anyone who wishes an engaging treatment of the history of singing in worship and a fair-minded discussions of the issues such as the use of contemporary music and inclusive language.

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