This post was shared by Darya Shkurlyatyeva, choir leader at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Moscow, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), and coordinator of music projects for The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Mission (OIM) in Russia. Darya is an accomplished musician (cello, viola da gamba, organ) and a journalist in the area of music.
On July 22, 2013, the layout of the new ELCIR Hymnal went to the printer! ELCIR Bishop, the Right Reverend Arri Kugappi is the editor-in-chief of the hymnal, and Darya Shkurlyatyeva is the managing editor and project coordinator. The hymnal was prepared by a large working group of like-minded volunteers which included pastors, cantors, and lay volunteers. Its texts and musical scores were edited by 27 and 24 people respectively.
The hymnal includes 456 Lutheran and ecumenical hymns in the Russian language. All the hymns are presented as one-part melodies with cord symbols. A four-part edition for choir masters and organists is in process. A special section includes six catechetical hymns by Martin Luther: Here Is The Tenfold Sure Command; We All Believe in One True God; Our Father, Who from Heaven Above; To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord; Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior; and From Depths of Woe I Cry to You. Praise God that now they are all in Russian!
The hymnal’s liturgical section was expanded by adding the orders of service for Matins and Vespers taken from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941). Those orders of service were selected for translation into Russian because they are studied by students at the Theological Institute of The Church of Ingria as part of their course in liturgics and are explained and commented on in The Lutheran Liturgy by Luther D. Reed, which is used as the manual for the course. The Appendix contains Luther’s Small Catechism, suggestions for private confession, thematic prayers, and other liturgical material.
Darya Shkurlyatyeva also prepared the Russian scores for singing the Introits for all Sundays and church festivals. They are based on chants from The Choral Service Book edited by Harry G. Archer and Luther D. Reed (1901).
The whole press run was delivered to the Theological Institute in Koltushi on September 9, 2013 for further distribution to congregations. Many volunteers helped with the work of unloading the hymnals. Its gala presentation will be held at St. Mary’s Lutheran Cathedral in St. Petersburg on October 19, 2013, the day after the ELCIR synodical convention. Choirs and cantors from different Church of Ingria congregations will participate in a celebratory worship service and concert.
The hymnal is a pew edition. All the hymns are presented as one-part melodies with cord symbols which will enable amateur musicians to learn the hymns at home. An edition with four-part staves is in process. Before it is put out, completed accompaniments for the hymns will be published on a special website that is under construction by Darya Shkurlyatyeva.
The Church of Ingria would like to thank its partners from Der Martin-Luther-Bund in Germany for their assistance in the publication of the hymnal.
- Pray for Darya as she teaches, concertizes, and constructs the new hymnal website.
- Pray that the Word of God would go forth through the new hymnal, as well as music outreach opportunities.
- Pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia as they meet next month for their synodical convention.
- Learn more about how outreach through concertizing works here.
- To support our Russian church partners, click here for more information.
- Check back at the Eurasia blog in late October or early November for blog posts covering the convention and gala presentation of the hymnal!