Hymnal

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Jistebnice hymn book (Jistebnický kancionál), a Czech hand-written hymnbook from around 1430
Praxis Pietatis Melica by Johann Crüger, an important German Lutheran hymnal from the 17th century

Hymnal or hymnary or hymnbook is a collection of hymns, i.e. religious songs, usually in the form of a book. The earliest hand-written hymnals are known since Middle Ages in the context of European Christianity. The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, together with the growing popularity of moveable type, quickly made hymnals a standard feature of Christian worship in all major denominations of Western and Central Europe. The first hymnal of the Reformation was Achtliederbuch, followed by the Erfurt Enchiridion. An important hymnal of the 17th century was Praxis Pietatis Melica.

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  • "SDA HYMNAL ONLINE"
  • "Hymnary.org".  — Extensive database of hymns and hymnology resources; incorporates the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, a comprehensive database of North American hymnals published before 1978.