The third edition of Worship might have been the number one organ hymnal for Catholics for an entire generation. I’ll bring this series to a close here, I think. I looked at the next 25 texts, numbers 552 through 577 (one repeat).
For these hymns 7 out of 25 had Scripture cited or paraphrased, leaving us a bit below 40% for this chunk out of the middle of the hymnal. I found this ran the gamut between something like “We Walk By Faith” which is an uncredited nod to 2 Corinthians 5:7 and “Sing Alleluia, Praise The Lord,” a metrical setting of Psalm 150 translated from 16th century German and set to a tune by Heinrich Schütz.
“Faith of Our Fathers,” a piece I’ve never much cared for, had but one reference to God, and it was one of 15 texts that refers to God in the third person. This is largely what I counted in the previous fifty selections: two third of these texts cite God as “Him” or equivalent.
Liam has it right: a lot of the references in the Psalms are to God in this way. I don’t know that it makes a huge difference in the big picture. Two of my favorites though, go the other way. Jan Struther’s “Lord of All Hopefulness” and George Herbert’s “Come, My Way …” are back-to back in this section. Why the latter is pitched in e-flat, rather than a dulcimer-friendly D remains a mystery to me.
Again, nearly everything here is a hymn with stanzas. There are three Taize pieces in these twenty-five, including one of my favorites, “Confitemini Domino.”
In the blizzard of German tunes are a few gems from other lands, like Ash Grove attached here to the text “Let All Things Now Living.”