|First Line:||When in our music God is glorified|
|Title:||When in Our Music God Is Glorified|
|Author:||Fred Pratt Green (1971)|
|Copyright:||© 1972, Hope Publishing Co.|
|Liturgical Use:||Closing Songs|
st. 3 = 1 Chron. 16:42
st. 4 = Matt. 26:30, Mark 14:26
st. 5 = Ps. 150, Eph.5:19-20, Col.3:16
At the request of John W. Wilson (PHH 278), Fred Pratt Green (PHH 455) wrote this text in Norwich, England, in 1971. It was intended for use with Charles V. Stanford's ENGELBERG at a London conference of the Methodist Church Music Society. Originally entitled "When in Man's Music God Is Glorified," the text was first published in Pratt Green's 26 Hymns (1971). This hymn has been widely accepted in many recent hymnals and is sung in numerous choral festivals.
“When in Our Music” is the only hymn text in Christendom that explains the reasons for church music while simultaneously offering "alleluias" to God. The various stanzas deal with our humility in performance (st. 1), the aesthetics of musical worship (s1. 2), and the history of church music (st. 3). The final two stanzas present a biblical model (st. 4) and quote Psalm 150 (st. 5). (A fruitful study could be made of this text and the Christian Reformed Church "Statement of Principle on Church Music" and its implications and practice, Psalter Hymnal, pp. 11-15.)
Regular worship services, but most often at special praise services, choral liturgies, worship conferences, and other "musical feasts"; appropriate for recognizing the work of church musicians.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
The lyrics for “When in Our Music God is Glorified” were authored by Fred Pratt Green in 1971. Pratt, a British Methodist minister, wrote some plays and hymns during his time on ministerial circuits, but did not begin writing extensively until his retirement in 1969. This hymn is from his prolific retirement period. Although this hymn is a recent addition to church hymnals, it has quickly become a popular congregational song.
The tune for “When in Our Music God is Glorified” is titled: ENGELBERG. It was composed in 1904 by Charles V. Stanford, an Irish composer and conductor. The tune was originally written for William H. How’s “For All the Saints,” but is now primarily used for “When in Our Music God is Glorified.” When Stanford first published the tune, he included six additional musical settings.
It serves well as a congregational hymn or doxology, but it could also be used special praise services
Suggested music for this hymn:
Luke Getz Hymnary.org