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Congregational Church hymnody

The term ‘Congregational hymnody’ is significant for all churches and liturgical traditions where the congregation takes an active and full part in the singing of hymns (contrasted with those places or occasions where the hymns are the province of a specialised choir or the practice of a religious community). This article, however, is limited to an account of hymnody in churches of the Congregational order in England and Wales, during a period beginning in the middle of the 17th century and ending in 1972. At this latter date the existing Congregational Church (in England and Wales) was dissolved; most of its member churches joined with the Presbyterian Church of England to form the United...

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