Ways Of Singing The Psalms In Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Psalms have been traditionally sung two ways in worship, to metrical paraphrases of the Psalms paired with hymn tunes and to the literal prosaic translations of the Psalms paired with plainchant melodies or psalm-tones. The following article explains these two approaches in more detail.

Psalm-singing Christians basically fall into two categories: those who chant the Psalms directly from the Bible and those who sing metrical paraphrases of the Psalms, in which the biblical text is...


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