Presbyterian hymnody, Canadian

Canadian Presbyterian congregations for the most part have adopted hymnals sanctioned by their General Assemblies for congregational singing of hymns: Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada was issued in 1880 (full music edition in 1881), and The Book of Praise in 1897, 1918, 1972 and 1997. Two seminal figures in the hymnody of the early Presbyterian Church in Canada were Daniel James Macdonnell (1843-1896), whose career within the church is extensively described by historian John S. Moir, and Alexander MacMillan*. Macdonnell served on the committee established by the 1878 General Assembly to create a single hymnal to replace those used by pre-union churches. MacMillan's somewhat...

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