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It's a travesty to modernise hymns

Many older Presbyterians will raise a Hallelujah at Victor Gordon's protest against the "modernisation" of much-loved traditional hymns ("Why the Church and I no longer sign from the same hymn sheet", Comment, November 17).

Indeed, the travesty goes even further. Praise in some churches no longer consists of hymns, psalms and paraphrases. Instead, congregations are invited to sign 'songs', many of which neither rhyme nor scan.

In these circumstances, I wonder how many children attending Sunday school today will be able, in 50-60 years' time, to recall the words of these "songs" in the way that their grandparents are often still word-perfect in the hymns and psalms of their childhood.

R H LILLEY

Jordanstown, Co Antrim

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