Know Your Lutheran Hymnals?

Think you know your Lutheran hymnals? Try this quiz to see if you do know hymns, liturgy and which hymnal is questioned. Any Lutheran can come in and try this quiz. Some answers may surprise you.

Are you a seminarian, organist or a church pew potato? Come on and try this quiz to rack your brain. This is geared toward ELCA/AALC members, but any hymnal junkie can give this a whirl.

Created by: JG Eklund

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  1. What hymnal did the Swedish Lutherans use?
  2. What hymnal did Norwegian Lutherans use?
  3. The Finnish Lutherans (Suomi Synod) used their own liturgy, translated into both English and in native tongue. What hymnal did they use to sing their hymns?
  4. In the red Service Book & Hymnal, how many worship settings of liturgy did it have?
  5. Before the Lutheran Book of Worship was published, which branch of Lutherans backed out and produced their own hymnal clone?
  6. Which hymnal was published by the Danish Lutherans?
  7. Which hymnal did most German Lutherans use?
  8. In the green LBW, which setting is hardly used for worship because it sounds so bad compared to the original in Service Book & Hymnal?
  9. In the new Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal ELW, which hymntune is most frequently used more than the others for different hymns?
  10. Which contemporary Lutheran composer has more hymns in current hymnals than Martin Luther?
  11. Who is the composer of LBW/LW setting 2?
  12. Since time began, men have dominated music in the Lutheran church. In Service Book & Hymnal (SBH) who was the women composer of the beloved Continental Setting 2 that made a huge dent on church music?
  13. Which blue paperback testbook was used as the basis for the liturgy for what became LBW 2?
  14. "Earth and All Stars" is a beautiful Lutheran hymn. It was written for the 1964 graduation of this Lutheran college famous for it's choirs.
  15. A hymnal is like a cookbook in which we obtain the recipe for the bread of life. This Lutheran publishing house shares Minneapolis with Betty Crocker's cookbook publisher.
  16. Which hymnal was the first attempt of bringing together many Lutherans from different ethnic backgrounds?
  17. Which Swedish hymnist saw her father drown, had health issues and lost her only child? She wrote "Children of the Heavenly Father."
  18. This service was featured in many hymnals as an attempt to get the Lutheran church to unite.
  19. In many Lutheran hymnals this liturgical song is sung during Communion. It has been claimed to have been written by Martin Luther and his friend Johannes Bugenhagen over one of Katie Luther's beers.
  20. Luther wrote this famous hymn that is featured in all Lutheran hymnals after one of his friends was burned at the stake by the local Roman Catholic diocese, which angered Luther.
  21. Which hymnal featured more Bach tunes and harmonizations than any other?
  22. Which Lutheran hymnal has a reputation for unsingable hymns?
  23. In what Lutheran hymnal will you find the Maundy Thursday hymn "The Soldiers Led the Savior Out"
  24. About how many combinations of liturgy settings could you pull together from the new ELW hymnal?
  25. What happy hymn was sung most often during the 1960's for opening hymn? It is often associated with burnout from babyboomers and pastors from that era.
  26. What 1970's shiny Lutheran hymn found its way into most all Lutheran and other denomination hymnals today?
  27. Which ELCA hymnals have been red?
  28. In the familiar Sanctus in LBW 2, who embellished this melody used by Luther by giving it more notes and jazzing it up?
  29. Which was the most difficult setting in LBW to learn with it's chromatic music and strange Gloria?
  30. Which famous Lutheran choir director/musician edited the 1912 Lutheran Hymnnary hymnal?
  31. Which one of these hymns is not Lutheran in our hymnals?
  32. George Handel who wrote the melody parts to "Joy to the World," and "Thine is the Glory" was Lutheran. True or False?
  33. Ludvig Lindemann wrote several hymntunes to Danish Lutheran pastor Gruntvig's hymntexts.
  34. "Behold a Host Arrayed in White" is a Norwegian-Swedish funeral song with the harmony written by Edvard Grieg in every major Lutheran hymnal.

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