Peculiar Honours

Peculiar Honours (1998). Peculiar Honours was published in 1998 by Stainer & Bell for the Congregational Federation, marking the 250th anniversary of the death of Isaac Watts*. The title is taken from Watts’ hymn, ‘Jesus shall reign where’er the sun’* (‘Peculiar [i.e. special] honours to our king’). The book was designed as a resource to aid reflection on hymns: ‘to reflect and encourage the traditions of hymn writing within Congregationalism’ (Michael Durber, Preface, p. v). Hymns were included on the basis that they were Congregational in authorship or theme. The editorial team was led by Michael Durber, with Chris Damp, Derek Watson and Janet Wootton*. The book opens with an article...

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