Dear Ambrose: Or Other Songs of Praise

My congregation has sung the same Gloria for years. I would like to introduce something other than a Gloria. Do you have any suggestions?

The Book of Common Prayer gives us the option of singing a Kyrie (Lord, have mercy), a Trisagion (Holy Lord), a Gloria or “some other song of praise.” Here are some thoughts from the Hymnal 1982 and the supplement, Wonder, Love, and Praise:

  • 1 Father, we praise thee Christe sanctorum
  • 6 Christ, whose glory fills the skies Christ Whose Glory
  • 9 Not here for high and holy things Morning Song (Stanzas 4-6, particularly effective for the fall).
  • 11 Awake, my soul Morning Hymn (Stanzas 1-2)
  • 373 Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him Austria (This is an alternate tune suggested in the Hymnal 1982).
  • 374 Come, let us join our cheerful songs Nun danket all und bringet Ehr (This metrical setting of Dignus Es would be wonderful for the Easter season).
  • 378 From all that dwell below the skies Old 100th (This would be a good option for those hoping to ease out of “The Doxology” at the presentation).
  • 399 To God with gladness sing Camano (A metrical setting of the Venite would be a good choice and give the congregation a chance to learn this wonderful tune by Richard Proulx).
  • 408 Sing praise to God who reigns above Mit freuden zart
  • 417 This is the feast Festival Canticle (Use selected stanzas, changing each Sunday of a season).
  • 421 All glory be to God on high Allein Gott in der Höh (A metrical setting of the Gloria).
  • 444 Blessed be the God of Israel Thornbury (A metrical setting of Canticle 16. This would be appropriate in Advent. It works well with the tune Llangloffan).
  • 532/3 How wondrous and great Old 104th/Lyons (Old 104th is preferred since it is such a majestic tune and worthy to be taught to congregations).
  • 535 Ye servants of God Paderborn
  • 538 God of mercy, God of grace Lucerna Laudoniae (Chances are your congregation may not know this tune, but it would be worth using for a season so they can learn it).
  • 546 Awake my soul, stretch every nerve Siroë
  • 551 Rise up, ye saints of God Festal Song
  • 569 God the Omnipotent! Russia (Stanzas 1-2)
  • 755 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
  • 782 Gracious Spirit, give your servants Abbott’s Leigh (This would make a great hymn of praise; however, due to its length, I would only use it if you omit the hymn in procession and do the acclamation and Collect for Purity from the back).
  • 783 Heleluyan Muscogee Indian (This hymn could also be used before the Gospel).
  • 784 Hallelujah! We sing your priase! Haleluyah! Pelo tso rona
  • 786 Cantad al Señor Cantad ao Senhor (This is an excellent choice to get your congregation singing in Spanish. I would suggest using selected stanzas if doing as a Song of Praise).
  • 821 Glory to God
  • 822 Through north and south Lasst uns erfreuen