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January 21, 2013

Singing all the verses

My maternal grandma passed away recently. At her funeral, we learned that she liked to sing all the verses of a hymn. The reverend, who knew grandma for many years, explained that grandma felt that hymns tell a story and she didn’t want to miss any part of it!

Grandma documented this desire when planning her funeral. Just before singing “In the Garden”, the keyboardist announced that we would sing all the verses as Grandma requested. Near the end of the service a soloist sang every verse of “How Great Thou Art”. 

Do you like to sing all the verses of hymn? Do you feel like you are missing out when some verses are skipped? As I continue to learn how to play more hymns on the organ, I will be reading the words of every verse to learn the complete story of the hymn as inspired by Grandma.