Hallo again to all.
We're extending the deadline for our favourite-hymn compilation.
It's the beginning of the long season of green
Sundays after . . . Pentecost or Trinity, depending
on the province of the Anglican Communion in which you happen
to find yourself.
Just imagine: If you could only hear one hymn for the rest of your life, what would your choice be? Think carefully, for although 'God Moves in a Mysterious Way' may allure, will it hold up after 200 hearings? That's a tough filter, and only the hardiest and most wonderful of hymns will pass through it.
In 2003, we compiled the list of Top Twenty Desert-Island Hymns based on what you told us. It's time to check again — and see if St Patrick's' Breastplate will still command the number one spot. And what about 'Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee', a great favourite with a some provinces in the Anglican Communion, but more or less unknown to the rest (apart from the tune being the final movement of Beethoven's great Ninth Symphony).
We were surprised by Lesbia Scott's making it into 2003's top twenty — yes, we know, tea, lanes, trains, shepherdesses, and all things quaintly Anglican — but it is a children's hymn. And the tune is, well, not brilliant. Will Mrs Scott triumph once again?
So help us compile the 2012 Top Twenty Desert Island Hymns of the Anglican Communion (we'll appropriate the name here, with no ill intent). Send an email with the hymn title and tune, if you have a favourite musical setting.
Don't know the tune name? That's fine. Just send in the title or the first line, which is usually the same thing. No complicated forms to fill out; just pop off an email to us by clicking here.
Or write on our Facebook wall. Whatever is easiest for you.
Please email your can't-live-on-the-island-without-it hymn by 2300 GMT on Saturday, 7 July.
And wait! If you think this whole hymn business is too frivolous, we cite two examples of just how significant hymns have been in great moments of history.
The hymn book used as a pipe lighter that changed
Hymns that confounded a Roman priest and blackened
the reputation of the English
Of course, in addition to learning of your favourite hymn, we welcome stories of life-changing hymn interventions. We rather suspect they'll be few on the ground.
See you next week. And keep singing, in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea.
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