Saint Louis, MO—Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is pleased to announce the release of the English-language edition of Walther's Hymnal: Church Hymnbook for Evangelical Lutheran Congregations of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
Walther's Hymnal is the first of its kind: an English translation of the first official hymnal of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). This was the hymnal that C. F. W. Walther edited and used; it provided Christians throughout the LCMS a common experience during the Church's early years in America, in the same way that Lutheran Service Book provides a common experience for us today.
This is an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts, church musicians, and anyone who wants insight into how our grandfathers sang and prayed. This is a chance to share in that song and prayer of the saints gone before us.
Walther's Hymnal was published through CPH's Peer Review Process. To find out more about Peer Review books, visit our website at cph.org/peerreview.
During an interview with the translator, Matthew Carver, he answered several questions about the benefits and background of the book:
Historically, why is Walther's Hymnal so important, and how is it useful to us today?
By such an examination of our forefathers' writings, we are given a mirror to see our own situation more clearly. Though we may deal with different problems today, we are often blind to them by virtue of being immersed in our own writings so heavily, and this historical mirror acts as a counterbalance to that.
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