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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Irregular, with Refrain"

That was the time signature for the opening hymn Sunday which, to my surprise, was Salve Fest Dies again! Wasn't that the same hymn we sang so strongly on Easter? Yet Hymn 107 is listed under Whitsunday.

It turns out it's in the Hymnal twice... almost. It appears also as Hymn 86, designated for Easter, but verses 2, 4 and 5 in Hymn 86 are not in Hymn 107, and verse 3 in Hymn 107 is not in Hymn 86. I wonder how this came about?


  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger The Miller Menagerie said…

    According to, there are 5 different uses for "Hail Thee, Festival Day":
    My childhood parish would sing the verses for Ascesion, Pentecost, and Easter. Unfortunately, my hymnal is packed up with the rest of my books, so I can't check on these other two applications (Dedication & Sunday).

  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Interesting! Looking it up in the small-format hymnal in front of me, they add Ascension. #102, a subset of #86.

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    How it came about? Irregularly, with refrain. That's my guess. That hymn always seems to have so very much better ... um ... congregational enthusiasm, shall we say? ... on the refrain, when everyone suddenly knows where they are again! lol! We sang it on Sunday at St. Mark's in Portland too.

  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    I've noticed that with the refrain too -- especially this past Sunday. But on Easter the volume kept up all the way through.


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