A hymn festival is a planned musical event where the singing of hymns is the primary activity used by a gathered community to worship and/or sing together. The selected hymns usually follow a designated theme and are interspersed with related readings, reflections, or prayers. Past hymn festival designs have been inspired by many topics, including the introduction of a new hymnal, a celebration of the Church’s song, recognition of a hymn writer or church musician, an historic creed or text, and seasons of the Church year. Festivals provide opportunities for creative and often elaborate presentation of hymns. Hymn concertato settings, hymn anthems, stanza alternation between...
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