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1. Hymnody.
2. The study of hymns.

[Greek humnologiā, singing of hymns : humnos, hymn + logos, saying; see -logy.]

hym′no·log′ic (hĭm′nə-lŏj′ĭk), hym′no·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
hym·nol′o·gist n.
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1. (Music, other) the study of hymn composition
2. (Music, other) another word for hymnody
hymnologic, ˌhymnoˈlogical adj
hymˈnologist n
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(hɪmˈnɒl ə dʒi)

1. the study of hymns, their history, classification, etc.
hym•nol′o•gist, n.
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1. the composing of hymns.
2. the study of the origins, development, and use of hymns.
3. Obsolete, the performing of hymns.
See also: Songs and Singing
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Indeed, one has to wonder what had occurred during Amar-Su'en's nine years in power that made him so unpopular that he was consistently depicted as an incompetent ruler in his royal hymnology (for problems during his reign as reflected in the administrative texts see Allred 2013).
Will they find the liturgical joy to nourish their spirituality through chanting the eight tones of the Byzantine hymnology? Or is it more appealing to introduce African rhythms, dances, drums, and clapping in the worship--because music, drums, and singing bring forth a wonderful concentration of the psyche and the body, energizing the persons involved to consciously communicate with God.
Dictionary of Hymnology (Norwich, U.K.: Canterbury Press, 2013),
The most comprehensive study of George Eliot's religiosity concludes that "the emphasis on physical suffering, blood, and death in the hymnology and rhetoric of both High and Low Church Evangelicalism" was absent from Eliot's early letters, and thus "Christianity was not for the young believer [Eliot] a salvational or redemptive religion." The excerpts I have adduced are meant to throw doubt on this conclusion.
A widely published and highly regarded cross-disciplinary scholar of liturgy, church music, theology, and hymnology, Leaver is ideally suited to shepherd the production of a rigorously peer-reviewed, "ongoing symposium" (p.
George MacLeod founded the Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian movement, best known these days for its innovatory style of liturgy and hymnology, which have been widely influential in churches all over the world.
Arnold wisely avoids rehashing Reach's well-documented hymnology, opting instead for a "full-orbed view of the Keachean theology" (p.
Beispiel eines kommunalen Gesangbuches im Amerika des fruhen neunzehnten Jahrhunderts" read at the German Regional Conference of the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Hymnologie (IAH--International Fellowship for Research in Hymnology) held at Tallinn, Estonia, December 2-3, 1994.
Christian hymnology has harnessed Beethoven's message, applying it to lovers of God in Christ.
Kroupa (Association for Central European Cultural Studies, Prague) - an authority on the textual (literary) component of period music and exploration of the musical culture during the reign of Rudolf II within a wider cultural-historical context (prosopography, book printing, hymnology, musical activities of the Prague Jesuits).
There are more than 4,000 entries in what is the first Dictionary of Hymnology published in over 100 years.
"Mark Twain's 'The War Prayer': Its Ties to Howells and to Hymnology." Modern Fiction Studies 16 (1970): 535-9.