How Many Ways to Sing Thy Praise!

Psalm 117:1-2

1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.—

Following are some ways Christians have sung God’s praise through the centuries:

Gregorian chant 

6th Century Chant

Early Organum

The above site is an excellent source of chant of both Western and Eastern Christianity.

Seventh Century

Byzantine Chant

14th Century – Guillaume de Machaut


Philippe Rogier


Early 17th Century


Chiara Margarita Cozzolani:

19th Century – Mendelssohn

20th century –  Stravinsky

How many ways can different ensembles perform the same piece of music, Mozart’s  Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 written in1780.

The linked sites will provide a description of the performers and other information concerning the performance.

Having heard examples of how music can contribute to praise and worship, we will now turn our attention to how music developed from the time of the early Christian church to the present.



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