Articles/Essays – Volume 16, No. 4

The 1981 RLDS Hymnal: Songs More Brightly Sung

1983: Karen Lynn, “The 1981 RLDS Hymnal: Songs More Brightly Sung,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 16 No. 4 (1983): 33–42.

About ten years ago the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints decided that its 1956 hymnal was already becoming out of date. An RLDS Hymnal Committee was commissioned to begin work on a new volume, and the result, Hymns of the Saints, was published in 1981. Hymns of the Saints is more than just a revision or reediting of the 1956 hymnal; out of 501 hymns and responses, more than a third are new to this collection.