Vatican II and its influence on USA hymns and hymnals

When the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was convened, most Protestant hymn collections contained few Roman Catholic hymns. The reform of the liturgical life of the Roman Catholic Church in the ‘Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy’ (‘Sacrosanctum Concilium', 1963) made an immediate ecumenical impact on most mainline Protestant traditions. A deeper theology of Baptism and Eucharist, the recovery of Scripture, the revision of the church year and the appearance of a three-year Lectionary, as well as the call for a singing assembly and for ‘full, conscious and active participation’— all these have influenced hymn composition and subsequent hymn collections across a wide range of Protestant...

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