Hymnary.org is pleased to announce the release of brand new, next-generation mobile hymnal apps for iOS and Android. The hymnals include Glory to God, Lift Up Your Hearts and the United Methodist Hymnal (see links to all apps at the end of this post).
Said Nyna Sykes, associate director of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (the umbrella organization for Hymnary): "Our amazing developers have spent over a year rewriting these apps from the ground up to deliver all the functionality our hymnal users rely on every day, now with an even better user experience."
The beta version of a new product from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and Hymnary.org is live, online and ready for user test drives and feedback.
Dubbed My.Hymnary, the website can be found at: My.Hymnary Beta Version
Already early reviews of the site are glowing with "this is awesome," "so cool" and a simple "excellent" among some of the comments from Facebook users who stumbled upon the tool even before the beta launch.
So what is My.Hymnary?
We are overwhelmed (but in a good way).
Over the past few months, we have watched as COVID-19 has changed our world in so many ways, including how we worship. In the first six months of 2020, we had almost 4 million users of our Hymnary website, up 25 percent from the year prior. We could trace a lot of this increase to COVID-19 and more people worshiping at home. And we were pleased that our site could be such a valuable resource in a time of trouble for people around the globe.
As many of you know, we had some issues with Hymnary this past weekend. The problems began on Saturday morning around 9:30 am EST with a hardware failure. Our on-call team began investigating right away and determined the issue was the storage server. From approx. 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday, we worked to get the storage server to work without losing any data but could not. We then had to do a factory-reset, and at midnight on Saturday, two of our team members began to work through the night to rebuild servers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We at Hymnary.org are proud to be part of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library family, which includes not just hymnary.org but also CCEL.org. We present this piece below for your reading pleasure because of our close connection to CCEL.org, including the fact that CCEL.org once housed the precursor to Hymnary, the Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary. Enjoy!
Soon after the new Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) website went live, the compliments came rolling in.
On any given day, Hymnary.org has some 20,000 or more users from a wide variety of countries accessing the 6,000 hymnals and one million hymns on the site.
But it's not too often that the site is called on to form the foundation for an academic paper.
In the recently concluded online fund drive for Hymnary.org, many donors also left short messages of thanks and encouragement. One donor's comment was this: "I love hymns ... If you asked for money, it means you need it! Please keep the work going. And please, accept my widow's mite. God bless you."
For Nyna Sykes, associate director of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL), such words mean a lot.
Author: William R. Featherstone (1864)
Tune: [My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine] (Gordon)