Music has always been an important part of the Methodist church service. During the mid-nineteenth century, people brought their own hymnals to church with them. Hymnals were often small enough to fit inside a pocket but were very expensive books. Because of their expense and important place in the church service, people often gave and received hymnals as gifts. The modern Methodist Church service still includes the singing of hymns. Most people now use hymnals provided by the church rather than bringing their own.
Author: Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church. Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Revised Edition. New York: Carlton & Porter, n.d.
Collections Number: N-722.62