Hymnody Seminars

Welcome to this series of online seminars on hymns and hymnody, led by the Rev’d Canon Giuseppe Gagliano, Canon for Lay Ministries in the Diocese of Quebec. We explored what hymns are, why they are significant, and how they can guide us in Christian life. In each session, we will also looked more closely at particular hymns to get a deeper sense of their meaning and purpose.

These seminars ran weekly online from July 22nd to August 26th, 2020. Audio recordings and slideshows of each are found below.

July 22 – Part I – Hymnody Basics – Slideshow (Audio below begins at 42 seconds)

July 29 – Part II – Devotional Hymns – Slideshow (Audio below begins at 21 seconds

August 5 – Part III – Seasonal Hymns – Slideshow

August 12 – Part IV – Eucharistic Hymns – Slideshow

August 19 – Part V – Missional Hymns – Slideshow

August 26 – Part VI – Eschatological Hymns – Slideshow


If you are a keener and would like a bit of hymn homework before each seminar, listen to the following links. Hymn numbers refer to the Anglican Church of Canada’s hymnal Common Praise (1998).

For Part II – Devotional Hymns

For Part III – Seasonal Hymns

For Part IV – Eucharistic Hymns

For Part V – Missional Hymns

For Part VI – Eschatological Hymns