Rules for Congregational Singing

In the days of John Wesley (1703-1791) the people had hymn books with words only. The music notation, usually handwritten, was only on the music rack of the organist. Wesley’s rules for congregational singing are still valid today. They are interesting as well as instructive.

1. Learn the tune.

2. Sing the hymns as they are printed.

3. Sing all of the hymn. “If it is a cross to you, take it up and you will find a blessing.”

4. Sing lustily and with a good courage.

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