Hymn Studies

First thing in the morning, we work on our morning meeting. This has been a wonderful time; the kids love it. We learn about truth, beauty, and virtues. Part of our morning is singing a hymn and studying it together.

Our first hymn that we studied was Be Thou My Vision. Such a beautiful hymn! We talked about the words, tried to understand them in our limited ways, listened to the song on YouTube, and sang along while holding/reading our copies. It was wonderful. We sang it in the car, when we were working around the house, and I asked our church to sing it one Sunday. We spent weeks learning it; I really wanted to teach these hymns from rest, and while my impulse is to learn as many as possible, I want us to really learn the words. So we take our time. And it's been just lovely. The kids loved singing it at church, where they don't always know or can read the words to the songs we sing, but they knew this one!

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  1. Be Thou My Vision is my favorite hymn...I really like the simplicity of the study. We may have to try something like this at our home. Our church selects a song of the month each month so we could focus on it, more. Thanks so much! Kyle

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    1. Thanks for visiting Kyle! It's one of my favorites too, and that's why we started with Be Thou My Vision.

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  2. We've done hymn study also and Be Thou My Vision is one we have studied. My husband has played it on his tin whistle and it is so pretty! :)

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    1. The kids learn some tin whistle each year with CC; I'll have to try to find some music for them! Thanks for commenting, Karen.

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  3. I love your post. I used to sing hymns with my older children in the mornings, and I'm trying to revive the habit with my youngest. I have also written a long series on vintage hymns at one of my blogs. You can find them here: http://watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com/search/label/Strength%20in%20Hymn or the (nearly current) alphabetical index here: http://watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com/p/strength-in-hymn.html One of the hymns in the series is "Be Thou My Vision" - which was sung at my mother's memorial service last year. "It Is Well With My Soul" is another one! ~~ Virginia, visiting via Wise Woman

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    1. Thank you Virginia! I'm going to check out your posts; I bet I'll find some inspiration for our next hymn!

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    1. I really like this idea. Where do I find a good hymnal? By the way, I am an Area Manager with Classical Conversations. I love CC!!!

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    2. We love CC too! I would think you could get a hymnal on Amazon. I just Google for the printable music. This is where I found Be Thou My Vision:
      http://www.daytonphilchoirs.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/be-thou-my-vision.pdf
      I just make sure the printable looks like hymnals with the music and the verses.

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  5. I love this idea of studying through the hymns! Will have to do this :)
    Thanks for linking up with WYWW :)

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  6. This is beautiful! We haven't done any formal hymn studies, but it's something that is always in the back of my mind. Hopefully I can be better about sitting down at the piano with the kids and focusing on certain hymns. We are not hymn only by any means, but I remember someone saying once, that it is so important to know hymns because at the end of your life what do you want running in your head (besides scripture of course), hymns rich in meaning or choruses that only have a few basic words? Good hymns can surely minister to your soul! Thank you for the encouragement today!

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    1. That's such a good point! We love choruses too, but the hymns use beautiful language, and have such big thoughts. I love what my kids are getting out of this study, and I'm learning so much too. Thanks for commenting, Amy Maze!

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  7. You know, we have a hymnal and we sing a hymn each morning. But we've not really "studied" any of them--we just sing one each day and move on to the next. But this is a great idea, and I may need to add it in. I know several hymns by heart from the church where I grew up, but my girls don't really have that. This could be a really neat thing for all of us. Thanks!

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    1. I love the resting and learning that we're getting by staying on one hymn for several weeks. We break out in song randomly, and all of us are really learning these beautiful words. I'm glad you commented! Thanks for reading, Karen!

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