St. Francis Episcopal Church

Bringing Christ to Denham Springs and beyond

Episcopal Hymnal



"Hymnals have been authorized for the Episcopal Church by General Convention in 1789, 1826, 1871, 1892, 1916, 1940, and 1982." The Standing Commission on Church Music adopted a statement of philosophy in 1981 for hymnal revision which resulted in The Hymnal of 1982. It was the Commission's desire that, "...the Hymnal should retain classic texts but also present a prophetic vision, speaking to the church of the future as well as the present;

hymn texts should authentically and fully present the church's teaching, with the Hymnal serving as a practical book of theology for the people of God; the Hymnal should be comprehensive in its coverage of all major historic periods,

reflecting and speaking to a variety of cultures and races; hymn texts should use inclusive language whenever possible; obscure language should be clarified for contemporary use;

the Hymnal should be ecumenical in nature, although it is prepared for use in the Episcopal Church;

the Hymnal should be a practical collection, with keyboard settings that can be used by a performer with average skills;

the Hymnal should present various musical possibilities when tunes are used more than once; and the Hymnal should present a variety of musical styles that represent the best expressive artistic creativity of musicians."

The Hymnal 1982 provides a major section of Service Music for the Daily Office, the Great Litany, Proper Liturgies for Special Days, Baptism, Eucharist, and Canticles; Hymns for the Daily Office, the Church Year, Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Burial of the Dead, Ordination, Consecration of a Church, General Hymns (arranged by thematic categories such as "Praise to God," "Christian Vocation and Pilgrimage," and "The Church Triumphant"), the Christian Life, Rounds and Canons, and National Songs; along with Indexes for the volume. The Hymnal 1982 includes 720 hymns 

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Hymns provide an opportunity to sing praises to God and an opportunity to reflect on messages important to our souls.





Hymn for Morning

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O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: 

Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises

offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,

and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore;

through Jesus Christ of Lord, Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, page 819)






Erik Pittman has been the organist and choirmaster of St. Francis
in Denham Springs off and on, for about 12 years.  His first stint
was during the 1990s and returned in 2014 following a
broadening of his horizons in many ways, including service in
the U.S. Army deployed to Afghanistan.  
His philosophy of church music mirrors that of St. Augustine
of Hippo -- which can be expressed as 'a person who sings,
prays twice.' 
Music is an integral part of our worship and the Anglican
musical traditions are the richest source to allow our
worship to bring us closer to God.  Traditional hymnody  
 offers rich opportunities for deep and meaningful
worship by the beauty of the Anglican tradition
means we aren't just limited to those traditional hymns.
Helped by a reinvigorated choir, we continue to offer
worthy prayer and praise to God in our liturgies.

Erik playing at First Service after 2016 flood.

Erik at First Service 2016

 Erik shares his varied musical gifts and talents of
playing the organ, piano and cello in addition to
chanting and leading the choir. His joyful enthusiasm
is felt by the congregation at each service, whether
inside the church or standing outside under a tent or
on the parking lot, Erik continues his ministry at St. Francis.


St. Francis is blessed to hve our dedicated singers sharing  
their time and talent of singing to our litugeries 
New voices are always welcome.



Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praise in

the congregation of the faithful.

Psalm 149:1