Excerpt from The Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged: As Adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the Year of Our Lord 1892; Including the Morning and Evening Canticles
We have to acknowledge that the congregational sing... ing of today is best and heartiest in other than Episcopal Churches. Surely this is because the music, as well as the words of the hymn, is within the reach of each member of those congregations, which is seldom or never the case in the Episcopal Church. The general introduction of Hymnals with music for the congregation is therefore strongly recommended. Those trained in music will feel confidence and freedom at the sight of the notes, and in fact are helpless without them: while those in musical darkness as to notation may catch an occasional glimpse of light. Thus both will be encouraged to join freely in the public worship, and thus only may any real improvement in congregational singing be expected.
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