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I. History – II. Musical History – III. Physical Appearance – IV. Worship – V. Education

I. History

1. General

A hymnal is usually a book containing a collection of Christian chant and song, including texts taken from the Bible. Starting in the 16th century, hymnals developed out of such precursors as antiphonaries and graduals, later missals, worship directories, song books, and choir books, becoming an independent and indispensable genre of rel…

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Völker, Alexander and Klek, Konrad, “Hymnal”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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