In die Skriflig
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VAN ROOY, Jacoba H.. The hymn and communication through word and melody. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp.69-77. ISSN 2305-0853.
The interaction between the melody and the words of a hymn is not regularly taken into account in evaluating the function of congregational singing. This interaction is, however, very important for the communication effected by a hymn during a service. This article discusses Scriptural data important for this topic, some perspectives from church history and theoretical aspects of communication through hymns. Data from an empirical investigation directed at the Reformed Churches in South Africa (RCSA) sheds light on this topic. Ministers of religion have a special responsibility to enhance the possibilities of communication through hymns by their selection of hymns, the broadening of the repertoire of a congregation, meaningful cooperation with the organist and explaining the choice of hymns.