|First Line:||Hallelujah, praise the LORD|
|Title:||Hallelujah, Praise the LORD|
|Versifier:||Marie J. Post (1974, alt.)|
|Meter:||77 77 4|
|Scripture:||Psalm 146; Psalm 150|
|Topic:||Doxologies; Songs for Children: Bible Songs; Alleluias(2 more...)|
|Copyright:||Text © 1974, CRC Publications|
|Meter:||77 77 4|
|Source:||French, 13th century|
st. 1 = Ps. 150:2
st. 2 = Ps. 150:1, 6
st. 3 = Ps. 150:3-5
st. 4 = Ps. 150:3-5
Marie J. Post (PHH 5) wrote this versification of Psalm 150 in 1972; it was first published in the 1974 Psalter Hymnal Supplement. The "Hallelujah" coda was added for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. Psalm 150 was Post's favorite psalm; she said the lyrics came very easily to her for this versification. See PHH 150 for textual commentary on Psalm 150.
A marvelous processional–alternate the singing of stanzas with instrumental-only versions of the tune. See also PHH 150.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
ORIENTIS PARTIBUS derives from a French medieval folk-dance song, Orientis partibus Adventavit asinus, originally associated with the Feast of the Ass, a church festival in some parts of France held each January 14 commemorating the flight of Joseph and Mary with Jesus into Egypt. The tune became well known in a duple-rhythm arrangement by Richard Redhead (PHH 255) published in his Church Hymn Tunes (1853). The triple rhythms–a good choice in keeping with the tune's folk-dance origins–in the Psalter Hymnal date from the arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) for the 1906 English Hymnal. Sing the tune with a strong lilting rhythm, use other instruments (handbells, tambourines, recorders, flutes, Orff instruments), and let this music be a joyful expression of the text itself. This tune is popular and very useful with children!
--Psalter Hymnal handbook
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