French Protestant psalms

16th century French and German Reformers, such as Jean Calvin* (1509-1564), Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), Martin Luther* (1483-1546) and Martin Bucer* (1491-1551) were very conscious of the impact of singing. They wished to introduce, very early on in the Reformation, a new liturgy and hymnody, mainly for worship. Their task was to supply the new reformed Church with its specific liturgy and hymnody. The language was an essential problem to be solved, because everyone attending the service should be able immediately to understand the words and the meaning of the songs in the vernacular (instead of the Latin used by the Catholic Church). Bucer stated that ‘We only admit prayers and songs...

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