Strengthen for Service. 100 Years of the English Hymnal, 1906-2006

Strengthen for Service. 100 Years of the English Hymnal, 1906-2006. The English Hymnal was a landmark in Anglican worship. Looking back after 100 years provided an opportunity for a measured appraisal, both of its creation and of its effect on Church of England worship of the 20th century. Just as The First Fifty Years (1956) was a retrospective view of the book, with some remarkable reminiscences by Ralph Vaughan Williams*, the centenary was the justification for a more ambitious collection of essays edited by Alan Luff*, published in 2005. It contained 21 essays, of varying length, by many of the best writers on hymns and hymnbooks who were living in 2005. The Archbishop of Canterbury at...

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