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Die sing van psalms in die erediens: Twintig jaar later

Jacoba H. van Rooy

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 32, No 1 (2011), 9 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v32i1.555

Submitted: 26 May 2011
Published:  21 October 2011


About 20 years ago the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council) conducted an empirical investigation on the singing of psalms in three Afrikaans reformed churches. Vos and Müller (1990) dealt with different aspects of this investigation, especially the questions of which melodies are sung in the churches, what the frequency of the use of the different psalms is, the way in which new songs are introduced, the situation in the different churches and the influence of church attendance on the love of the psalms. In an investigation undertaken in 2008 (Van Rooy 2009) these matters were investigated in the Reformed Churches in South Africa, a denomiation that introduced a new hymnal in 2003. The comparison of the two investigations revealed that the number of favourite psalms and the same psalms remained fairly constant. The acceptance of new hymns is related to a number of factors, especially the melody and the liturgical usefulness of the new hymns. The new metrical version of the psalms is still not used very frequently in the Reformed Churches in South Africa. This can partly be ascribed to the lack of structured programmes to learn the new hymns.

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Jacoba H. van Rooy, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


Psalms; Hymn; Melody of Psalms; Metrical Psalms; Congregational Singing


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