hym·​nal | \ ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio) \

Definition of hymnal

: a collection of church hymns

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Examples of hymnal in a Sentence

hymnals are distributed among the congregation before the church service so everyone can join in the singing
Recent Examples on the Web Your organization’s two biggest stars of the last decade, Tulo and Nolan, are essentially singing from the same hymnal now, with both infielders accusing Bridich of being a royal pain in the grass. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Nolan Arenado or Jeff Bridich, Dick Monfort? Who’s it gonna be?," 21 Jan. 2020 The Sign of Peace will not take place; collection baskets should not be passed from person to person; bulletins will not be handed out; hymnals will be removed from pews. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about in-person religious services in Milwaukee as suburban orders expire," 22 May 2020 Dolce said the church was following all of the state's and archdiocese's guidelines, enacted social distancing and sanitizing measures and took out all of its hymnals and put its lyrics on a screen to avoid spreading the coronavirus. NBC News, "Texas churches feel hope again as reopenings transform in-person services," 7 May 2020 There are no hymnals or bibles, no pews or crosses. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Honk Twice for Hallelujah: What Church Looks Like in the Parking Lot," 18 Apr. 2020 In the 1970s, a 3M employee, craving a better way to mark pages in his hymnal, modified an uncommercialized adhesive invented a few years earlier by a colleague; Post-it Notes became an iconic 3M success story. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "How early GPS gadget maker Garmin mapped out success against the likes of Apple and Google," 16 Mar. 2020 In a similar way, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, there was no sharing of the peace, no Holy Communion, no passing of a collection basket, no hymnals in the pews, and no children and few older adults in attendance. Milwaukee Journal Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clergy call on followers to reach out to those in need, maintain sense of community," 15 Mar. 2020 Some churches already have plans in place for what to do in a flu epidemic, such as putting hymnals and collection baskets out of reach for a period, emptying holy-water fonts and serving bread during Communion rather than wine from a common cup. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, "Sip from the common cup? On Ash Wednesday, coronavirus has religious leaders tweaking rituals.," 26 Feb. 2020 To paraphrase a former Browns head coach, everyone’s singing from the same hymnal. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Andrew Berry returns to Cleveland and offers a clear vision of how he wants Browns organization to run," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hymnal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hymnal

Middle English hymnale, from Medieval Latin, from Latin hymnus

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“Hymnal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymnal. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hymnal

: a book of hymns


hym·​nal | \ ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio) \

Kids Definition of hymnal

: a book of hymns

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