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The Lutheran Hymnal: Pew Edition

Item #: 031078 / 1941 / Hardback / 858 Pages


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The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), the most significant and widely used American Lutheran hymnal of the twentieth century, contains 644 hymns and 16 spiritual songs, in addition to services and liturgical material.

This hardcover pew edition is blue, measuring 8.5" x 5.5" with square corners, sprayed edges, gold stamping on the front cover and spine, and moisture-resistant cloth buckram binding.

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Lutheran Chorale is Important

The musical settings of TLH has our unique heritage of Lutheran Chorale in liturgy and hymnody. Beautiful! A whole style of music known as Lutheran chorale in four part harmony was tossed out with efforts to replace TLH. Even LSB has only mde marginal improvements in that area, leaving most of the liturgy and hymnody as a single tune with organ accompaniment. Hymnals are for people to worship, not for organists to perform. TLH was not replaced to improve worship, but for ecumenical reasons, attempting to rid much of what is uniquely Lutheran and replace it with liturgy, hymns and music that are similar, if not identical, to what other church bodies have. How else can one explain such a dramatic departure in hymnody and liturgy? How can one explain taking great Lutheran hymns and replacing the words and tunes from Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic and non-denominational hymnals? That has been a dangerous mistake as it blurs other important distinctions in doctrine and confession. I even prefer the old language. Terms like "Vouchsafe" in the Te Deum, "It is meet and right so to do" in the liturgy, and thees and thys throughout allowed me to worship with the same words and melodies as my grandparents and my kids. Those strange sounding words drove me as a youngster to look up their meanings so that I could understand them. It taught me very tangibly that if we worship a unique God and believe that we have unique doctrine, we should worship Him with unique words and hymns and ways. As our doctrine is different from other denominations, so should our liturgy and hymnody be, lest people look only at the veneer and be confused. Changing hymnals throughout the LCMS to move away from TLH was and remains a mistake. I will take TLH settings 5, 15, Matins and Vespers every day from TLH, along with hymns in the Lutheran Chorale style that are, in fact, Lutheran hymns. Truly, TLH was distinctive and united generations with hymns and tunes that are uniquely Lutheran. I hope LCMS moves back to TLH some day and rediscover the rich and treasured heritage it has tried to jettison. It can do so one congregation and one household at a time at a time. Blue cover or red, the 1941 edition is a true jewel if you are Lutheran.

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Still Going Strong 75 Years Later

As an associate Pastor at a small Lutheran congregation in suburban Philadelphia that is part of the Independent Lutheran Diocese (ILD), we take great pleasure in using the TLH not only for the Common Liturgy (which the ILD uses, but with some additions to reflect it's acceptance of Pietism), but for a good number of hymns (supplimented of course, by hymns from the "Lutheran Book of Worship"). Not only is the TLH popular in our congregation, we had a fellow pastor starting up a congregation in Australia petition us to get copies of the TLH that we sent 25 copies to him only a month ago-all due to the fact that the American TLH is even superior to the Australian version (which is sadly, no longer in print). Thus, why need anything else, regardless of the synod/association one's congregation belongs to.

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No Other Hymnbook Needed!

This magnificent collection of well-loved hymns ought never to have been replaced. Of its 660 hymns, I found that I know 465 of them. The LW and the LSB are a DISGRACE, consisting of a deluge of hymns poor in literary quality, and containing myriad unappealing melodies. Tens of millions of dollars were wasted replacing TLH-particularly in that there was no scriptural mandate to do so whatsoever!

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