After sales of over 165 million copies, the world's favourite hymn book has undergone a complete and exciting transformation. Common Praise is the first major revision of Hymns Ancient and Modern for almost fifty years and has already become the essential new music resource for twenty-first century worship. Containing 628 items, Common Praise is a comprehensive collection of the very best of the church's music, from earliest sources to the present day. Included are the great hymns of the past, metrical psalms, modern songs based on Scripture and over a hundred hymns from the 20th century by John Bell, Graham Kendrick and writers from other countries, including North America and Australia. There is musical innovation as new tunes and arrangements are introduced, and familiar words and music are brought together in new associations to the enrichment of both. Where appropriate, inclusive language has been introduced. For churches using the Common Worship or Revised Common lectionaries, choosing appropriate hymns has never been easier. Arranged to follow the Christian Year, the selection of hymns will be further helped by Common Praise's extensive indexes.
'What Common Praise does well is to marry texts with appropriate tunes, carrying on the tradition of Hymns Ancient & Modern. In this way, the poetry of the texts is brought more alive and can better uplift those who participate in the worship.' * Music and Liturgy * 'Congregations mainly using traditional material and looking to replace elderly hymnbooks could find most of their needs met here.' * News of Liturgy * 'This definitive collection of hymnody forms truly a kernal of universal song. It is quite simply for so many reasons, a 'must have'.' Organists Review
'Ancient & Modern adherents will love Common Praise.' * News of Hymnody * 'It is a joy to handle, elegant in its appearance and priced very competitively. There are riches in abundance for everyone.' * The Organ *