Psalter Hymnal

A joint project of the United Reformed Churches in North America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

 

The 73rd (2006) OPC General Assembly directed its Committee on Christian Education to “develop a Psalter-Hymnal … which includes musical settings of all 150 Psalms, in their entirety, with as much accuracy and as little archaic language and confusing syntax as possible.” The 74th (2007) General Assembly determined “That the CCE, through its special committee, continue seeking to develop a Psalter-Hymnal as requested by the General Assembly, containing settings of all 150 Psalms and a selection of the best hymns from the history of the church.” In 2012 the URC, whose Psalter-hymnal Committee had been working on a revised Psalter-hymnal for some years, accepted the OPC’s invitation to join in this project. The two committees began collaboration in earnest that fall.

The Psalter is complete, having been approved by both denominations. The hymn proposal (list of hymn titles; sheet music) has been approved by both Psalter-hymnal committees and by the OPC Committee on Christian Education. Comments and suggestions will be received until December 31, 2015, and may be sent to comments@psalterhymnal.org. It is hoped that the OPC General Assembly and URC Synod will give final approval by 2016, with publication to follow.

A password is required to view the sheet music. OPCers may obtain it from the CCE secretary; URCers may get it from the URC Psalter-hymnal Committee chairman. You need a PDF reader to view the files. You may print out a single copy of each selection for your own personal use, but after evaluation it should be destroyed, as copyrights need to be secured. Wording and musical notation are constantly being perfected, so keep checking back for the latest version. Thank you for your prayerful interest in this project.