Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hymnody.
  • n. The study of hymns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of hymns; hymnody

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hymns or sacred lyrics composed by authors of a particular country or period; ; also, the collective body of hymns used by any particular church or religious body.
  • n. A knowledge of hymns; a treatise on hymns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of hymns, treating of their history, classification, criticism, and use.
  • n. Hymnody.

Etymologies

Greek humnologiā, singing of hymns : humnos, hymn + logos, saying; see -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The invention of printing from movable types, about 1452, by Johann Gutenberg of Mainz marks an era in Latin hymnology, because of the prompt use of the new method to multiply the Church books in use in the various dioceses.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Some of his verses rank among the best in Welsh hymnology; and one especially is known wherever the Welsh tongue is spoken.

    Sweet Singers of Wales

  • [84] Matthesius's sermons; yet his best show that he had in good measure the real gift of song, and mark a new style in German hymnology, not the grave and lofty tone that had been caught from the Psalms of David, but the simple, earnest, picturesque manner of the popular songs.

    Christian Singers of Germany

  • The one great step that was made in German hymnology at this time was the official introduction of vernacular hymns into the Roman Catholic churches of Southern Germany and Austria.

    Christian Singers of Germany

  • Him that existed before all ages, hast thou as a babe brought forth and hast rejuvenated our hearts which were decayed through many sins; accept also the renewal of our hymnology which is being offered unto Thy festival, O all-holy Theotokos.

    The General Menaion or the Book of Services Common to the Festivals of our Lord Jesus of the Holy Virgin and of Different Orders of Saints

  • As reported at ThinkProgress, Joe the Deacon, had this to say about replacing baby Jesus with a lump of Christmas coal in Silent Night: "I'll put my years as a Sunday school teacher, church deacon and church musician up against just about anybody else when it comes to understanding hymnology and respect for religious traditions."

    Justin Callaway: Joe the Deacon and the Church of Clean Coal Carolers: How to Faith-wash Green-washing

  • We are asked to assume what the hymnology of Easter Sunday calls “another way of living.”

    Archive 2008-10-19

  • Next to go should be those "We are Jesus" hymns in which the congregation for the first time in two millennia of Christian hymnology pretends that it's Christ.

    George Weigel: Heretical Hymns?

  • Mr. Biggs is a student of hymnology, and we were soon in full swing on this mutually congenial subject.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Worship (Public and Private) Including the church year, Christian symbols, liturgy, prayer, hymnology

    The Weapon of Prayer

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