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Discussion Forum : Revivals And Church History : Ancient Hymns

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 Ancient Hymns

The music of the New Testament period and of the early church was what is known today as chant or plainsong. Our familiar ideas of harmony and a musical scale were developed considerably later. The ancient hymns were very simple in content and were not normally metrical.

Six of the ancient hymns became a standard part of communion services throughout the centuries. And they are still used by some churches today. These six hymns are the Kyrie, Gloria, Nicene Creed, Holy Holy Holy, Hosanna or Benedictus, and Lamb of God. These six hymns date at least as far back as the 4th century, and most of them probably date back to the 2nd century, if not earlier.

The words to these ancient hymns are purely Scriptural and contain no references to Mary or to transubstantiation.

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The Kyrie
Kyrie is Greek for Lord


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


The Gloria


Glory to God on high.
And on earth peace to men of good will.'
We praise You. We bless You. We worship You. We glorify You.'
We give You thanks for Your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.'
Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.'
You, Who take away the sins of the world,' have mercy on us.'
You, Who take away the sins of the world,' receive our prayer.'
You, Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.'
For You alone are holy.'
You alone are Lord.
You alone, 0 Jesus Christ, are most high,
With the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Nicene Creed


I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,' the only-begotten Son of God.
Born of the Father before all ages.
God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God.'
Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father.
By Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.
And He became flesh by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man.
He was also crucified for us,' suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried.'
And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
And of His kingdom there will be no end.'
And 1 believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, 0 and Who spoke through the prophets.'
And one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.'
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.'
And I await the resurrection of the dead.
And the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Sanctus or Holy, Holy, Holy


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.'
Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


The Hosanna or Benedictus


Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


The Lamb of God
In Latin, Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, 0 have mercy on us.'
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.'
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


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 Re: Ancient Hymns

Didn't Paul also record several hymns in his epistles?


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Jeremy Hulsey

 2005/7/13 1:26Profile
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 Re: Ancient Hymns

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The music of the New Testament period and of the early church was what is known today as chant or plainsong.


Are you sure? [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_chant]Gregorian plainsong[/url] came quite a bit later than the NT. You can actually download a little bit of plainsong from this URL but I don't recommend it if you are feeling a bit depressed. :-(


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Didn't Paul also record several hymns in his epistles?

I have read that some think that 1Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory. may have been a hymn and the NKJV has printed it in verse form with this in mind.


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