Webcast: "All that is in them, singing*": What are hymns going for?

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An exploration of the history, power, and purpose of hymns—in American religious experience, in the Christian Science tradition, and as an expression of emotional and spiritual outreach by individuals and congregations. Experts in hymnology, musicians, and a hymn publisher join in the discussion.


  • Dr. Carl Daw, Jr.—Adjunct Professor of Hymnology and Curator of the Hymnological Collections, Boston University School of Theology
  • Dr. Ryan Vigil—Lecturer in Music, The University of New Hampshire; Hymn Specialist, The Christian Science Publishing Society
  • Phebe Bergenheim—Manager, General Publications, The Christian Science Publishing Society
  • Christa Seid-Graham—Vocalist

*Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
—Revelation 5:13 (NRSV)

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

— Martin Luther

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