How can we keep from singing?
Hymns are a vital part of all Christian Science church services. Lifting voices in song unites the congregation in a unique expression of gratitude, opening thought to hear the message from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the Christian Science textbook that is read at all services.
The Christian Science Hymnal, together with the 2008 Hymnal Supplement Hymns 430-462, offers a wide selection of texts and music appropriate for the congregation, whether large or small. The tunes draw on rich musical traditions from around the globe, celebrating the worldwide reach of Christian Science.
Included in both the Hymnal and the Supplement are multiple settings of seven poems written by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. For convenience, both volumes are arranged alphabetically by first line and contain helpful indexes. Another unique resource for finding hymns is the Concord study program that allows you to search words and passages, as well as hear a simple play-through of tunes.
While hymns are an essential part of our collective worship, many students of Christian Science also find that they are an integral part of their individual study. They turn to them frequently for encouragement, direction, and inspiration—singing them, humming them, praying with them—and are healed through the application of their timeless spiritual messages.
The Christian Science Hymnal is also available in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
A new, expanded Hymnal Supplement is expected to be released the first half of 2017, enriching the Church’s hymn repertoire and continuing to build on its strong foundation of Christ-healing. You can find out more about the expanded Supplement, get updates on its progress, read related articles, and preview some of its new hymns in the Hymns 2016 section of JSH-Online.