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The October 20 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.

The Liturgical Arts & Music issue includes a story by G. Jeffrey MacDonald about churches that are attracting new members by offering contemporary versions of traditional hymns.

Organist and choir director David Palmer describes his early indoctrination about the primacy of text in sacred hymns, and how he gained greater appreciation of the non-verbal aspects of worship music.

Mark Michael examines an ambitious project to create new settings for all of the 92 collects in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

There are reviews of two CD collections of sacred music, and of two books related to music and liturgy. On the non-musical front, Bishop John Bauerschmidt meditates on the canonization of John Henry Newman, and Kirk Petersen reports on litigation over who owns the name “Diocese of South Carolina.”

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  • Judge Rules on ‘Diocese of South Carolina’ Usage


  • Old Hymns, Fresh Grooves | By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
  • Zeal and Nuance in Performing Church Music
    By David Palmer
  • Cranmer Anthem Book Aims at New Settings
    for All 92 Prayer Book Collects | By Mark Michael


  • St. John Henry Newman, a Shared Legacy
    By John Bauerschmidt


  • Finzi: Choral Works | Review by Stephen Platten
  • Francisco de Peñalosa: Lamentationes
    Review by Walker Robinson


  • The Music Architect | Review by David Heetderks
  • The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy
    Review by Christopher Yoder


  • De terra veritas
  • People & Places
  • Sunday’s Readings


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