Unique Books of Hymns everyone should know with melodies, all stanza, biography of authors and composers, and devotionals on the meaning of the text.
Two Hosanna Hymnals are now available with more coming in the future. Our Hymns, Our Heritage, published by Moody Publishing, Chicago, Il. This replaces the Hosanna, Loud Hosannas, that was self-published in 2014 with second publishing in 2016. Hosanna in Excelsis was published by Moody Publishing in 2020.
David and Barbara Leeman have had long careers in music, both in churches and schools. Dave has served churches in several denominations for over forty years as minister of music. Barbara has taught private piano and pre-school music in their home and was the music teacher at a private, classical Christian school for twenty-three years. Their combined education and experience have given them a rich history and love of sacred and classical music that they desire to preserve and pass on to the current and future generations.
The hymns included come from many centuries, numerous countries, and various denominational traditions. The music and poetry contained in these books represent some of the finest art from our shared sacred history. They are the autobiographies of Christians who have gone before us and navigated the same spiritual journey as many of us. They have left us beautifully crafted expressions of praise, anticipation, and even sorrow in words with melodies that have stood the test of time.
The Leeman’s believe that God has given the gift of singing to ALL of His children to praise Him. The question is not “can you sing?” But “do you have a song?” Christians must sing because they have a song…the song of redemption.
And because it is the goal that you will actually sing these hymns, either alone or as a family or group, there are recordings of the piano accompaniment available to help. Because CDs are no longer used in most homes, recordings are on USB drives which store 6 hrs. of recording for Our Hymns, Our Heritage and almost 3 hours for Hosanna in Excelsis. Additionally, for those who play the piano, there is available a spiral-bound book of piano accompaniments of each.
The word Hymn is defined if you think of it as songs about Him, our great and infinite God!
"Effectively compiled, this inspiring, informative collection of Christmas hymns is an essential resource, rejoicing the hearts of those who envision themselves as participants in the incarnation narrative. Emphasizing the church year, Hosanna in Excelsis invigorates the inner spirit, bringing expectation, fulfillment, and light to our darkened world."
Loren Wiebe, Emeritus Professor of Music, Biola University
David and Barbara Leeman have done it again. Their newest hymnal, Hosanna in Excelsis—a collection of carols and devotions for the Christmas season—unlocks the riches of the rescue mission we call the incarnation. Each hymn is accompanied by three sections: 'Text' (on the background of both author and song), 'Tune' (on the melody), and 'As You Sing This Hymn' (practical application for thought and life). What a terrific resource to help families and churches lift their voices to the King in the manger, resting in the shadow of a cross.
Matt Smethurst, Managing editor, The Gospel Coalition
One of the most encouraging trends of recent years is the recommitment of God’s people to family worship. Hosanna in Excelsis is ideal for family devotions during the Christmas season, providing the stories behind beloved carols, while presenting the music in a lovely form. What a treat to families to read these stories and sing these songs during the Christmas season! Hosanna in Excelsis will also be valuable to pastors in connecting God’s people to our heritage of faith in celebrating Jesus' birth. David and Barbara Leeman have opened their hearts and poured forth the beauty of God’s gift of His Son. Their wonderful book will inspire hearts and inform minds, prompting to our Savior the songs of joy that His coming deserves.
Richard D. Phillips, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
The history of Christian music is 2,000 years deep and a whole world wide. This collection of carefully selected songs and hymns connects children and their parents with generations of Christian voices who have fallen silent yet still speak through the musical heritage preserved for us today. Our Hymns, Our Heritage is a must-have for family devotionals and a treasure to pass on to the next generation.
Janie B. Cheaney, Senior Writer, WORLD News Group
Psalm 145:4 proclaims, ‘One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.’ Our Hymns, Our Heritage reminds us that we stand on the spiritual shoulders of those who came before us, but equally challenges us to pass the faith once given on to the next generation. To this end, Barbara and David Leeman have given the church an extraordinary, multi-use resource. At one and the same time a hymnal, hymnal companion, and devotional guide, Our Hymns, Our Heritage seeks to foster the love of singing God’s praise for generations to come. I heartily commend this hymnal to churches, families, Christian schools, Sunday schools, choirs, and anyone who seeks to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Colin Howland, Director of Music, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
What a stewardship we have received in the church’s heritage of hymnody—a gift that we must not fail to pass on to the coming generations. That is why I am delighted that Barbara and David Leeman have edited this hymnal. While their intended audience is elementary children, believers of all ages will find soul-stirring edification in these pages. The Leemans offer us a twofold service. They have curated an excellent collection of many of the finest hymns in the English language, and they have provided brief, illuminating, devotional material to make these songs come alive in our hearts. I commend this excellent resource for families, churches, and schools, praying that the Lord would tune your hearts to sing his praise.
Matt Merker, Director of Training for Getty Music; hymn writer, "He Will Hold Me Fast;" Author, Corporate Worship