New hymnal set for press

MONTREAL – The French-language hymnal Liturgies et cantiques luthériens goes to press the week of Reformation Day, October 31. This Lutheran Church–Canada project has spread excitement around the French-speaking Lutheran churches worldwide.

The most recent hymnal was printed in 1975 and is no longer available and any existing copies are well-worn. No other French-language hymnal has been so comprehensive and reflective of Lutheran practice and doctrine. Liturgies et cantiques luthériens is 864 pages and includes 434 hymns, three settings of the Divine Service, Matins, Vespers, and Compline, Holy Baptism, Marriage, and Funeral services among many other liturgical resources. Slightly more than half the hymns have parallels with Lutheran Service Book (LSB) and one of the settings of the Divine Service is a translation of Setting 4 in LSB.

“In real and important ways this volume restores and edifies and strengthens and establishes evangelical Lutheran practice and teaching in francophone churches a as never before,” says Rev. David Somers, who along with Rev. David Saar have created this new resource. “Never before has such a complete service book and hymnal been available in French for members of any church body, Roman Catholic or Protestant.”

Copies of the hymnal at pre-publication pricing of $17 are available from LCC’s offices in Winnipeg (bcs@lutheranchurch.ca).

Posted By: Matthew Block
Posted On: October 15, 2009
Posted In: National News,

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