Plan now to attend a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm. Join with fellow parishioners in preparation for the coming of Christ. Listen to scripture, compositions by the choir, sing hymns and carols and also hear special guest tenor soloist, Vinicio Zeledon from Costa Rica.
What are those numbers printed at the end of hymns?
For example: 77 77 with Refrain: this refers to hymn 238, Angels We Have Heard on High. The poem reads:
Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.
There are seven syllables in line one, seven syllables in line two, seven syllables in line three and seven syllables in line four. This is followed by a refrain. If you had another poem with the same number of lines and syllables you could use the more familiar tune to sing the hymn. This allows us to use many different poems/words sung to a familiar tune.
Remember the directions given by John Wesley: “Sing lustily and with good courage.” When you sing out loud you will remember more easily the message and meaning of the hymn.