Walther's Hymnal: Church Hymnbook is the first of its kind: an English translation of the first official hymnal of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. This was the hymnal that C.F.W. Walther edited and used. The hymnal provided Christians throughout the LCMS a common experience during the synod's early years in America, in the same way that Lutheran Service Book provides a common experience today.
Now presented for the first time in English, this is an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts, church musicians, and anyone who wants insight into how our forefathers sang and prayed. This is a chance to share in that song and prayer of the saints gone before us.
Matthew Carver, MFA, is a translator of German and classical literature. He resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife Amanda and their young son, where they pursue interests in art, orthodox Lutheran theology, liturgy, and hymnody.
"Thanks to Matthew Carver, we now have Walther’s Hymnal, which guided the life of the Synod through its German-speaking period—six decades blessed with exponential growth."
Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
"Walther’s Hymnal will soon find a place in the libraries of all interested in the development of Lutheran hymnody in America."
Dr. Carl Schalk
Concordia University Chicago
"Matthew Carver has opened the closed door and provided English translations for all the hymns in Walther’s Hymnal, and many are translated for the first time."
Dr. Robin A. Leaver
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
"Walther’s Hymnal will serve not only as a rich devotional resource for our time but also as an impetus for future hymn writers as they add to our rich heritage."
Rev. Dr. Paul J. Grime
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
"This will be a welcome addition to the library of all who appreciate the Lutheran chorale, and for composers who are searching for 'new' texts to inspire musical settings for use in the church, school, and home."
Rev. Prof. Dennis Marzolf
Bethany Lutheran College
"Matthew Carver’s masterful translation of C. F. W. Walther’s 1847 collection of German-language hymns opens a window on the mid-nineteenth-century revival of confessional Lutheranism in America."
Dr. Daniel Zager
Eastman School of Music
"In this labor of love, Carver has provided a wonderful resource for historians, pastors, and homes—and a wonderful tribute to Walther and our Lutheran hymnody."
Rev. Thomas Egger
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
"Matthew Carver has recovered translations long hidden away in forgotten books, and he offers many of his own translations, thus giving us the complete poetic texts in a way that is beneficial and useful for pastors, teachers, musicians, congregation members, theologians, and historians."
Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux
Bethany Lutheran College
"…a book that will be a blessing to any lover of Lutheran doctrine, liturgy, and hymnody."
Rev. William C. Weedon
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod