So far in 2022, 11 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.


Featured Hymn: "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds"

"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" by John Newton (1774).

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Redesigned Site Navigation

From our Daniel Harold comes word that our long-awaited redesigned site navigation is now live on The new mobile-friendly navigation interfaces were designed and implemented by Zach DeCook and Joel Stehouwer with contributions from Ann Brown. Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

-Harry Plantinga

August 2018 Newsletter

Our August 2018 newsletter went out this morning. If you're not on our email list, you can see the latest issue online.

Or go to the latest issue to find the subscribe button and be in the know for future issues! And if you have ideas for future newsletter content (things you're wondering about, confused about, especially love, etc), let us know. Thanks!

Phil de Haan, Hymnary newsletter editor

Staff Snapshot: Micah Ng

Web developer Micah Ng has been working fulltime for Hymnary since May 2018 after graduating from Calvin with degrees in computer science and mathematics. Prior to that, Micah was a Hymnary intern, working with the website since the summer of 2014 on a fulltime basis in the summers and parttime during the school years. He now works for both and sister site

Staff Snapshot: Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga is the director of and has worked at Hymnary from the start. Or, perhaps more accurately, from before the start since he and his friend Greg Scheer conceived the idea and got the first grant. 

Plantinga Quoted in Protest Hymns Story

Hymnary director Harry Plantinga added his perspective to an RNS piece by Adelle Banks in August 2018, speaking to the climate(s) in which hymns arise. Here's the pertinent section with Harry:

Harry Plantinga, director of Hymnary, a 10-year-old online index of hymnals, said the Hymn Society’s conference — held in St. Louis, where the Black Lives Matter movement developed — featured speakers including a Cuban hymn writer and the publisher of African-American hymnals whose songs speak to injustice in the Americas.

Feature Hymn: "I Will Sing of My Redeemer"

Author: P. P. Bliss (1876)

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Staff Snapshots: Daniel Harold

Daniel Harold is one of the many behind-the-scenes people who keeps Hymnary humming. Among a myriad of daily duties for Daniel is reviewing and testing the code written by other developers to make sure it will work well before it is deployed to This could be anything from code that adds new features to bug fixes. He's also responsible for properly working servers, automatic backups, disk space and much, much more. 

Featured Hymn: "Breathe on Me, Breath of God"

"Breathe on Me, Breath of God" by Edwin Hatch (1878)

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