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Singing Solo

Just this morning, the Mhinisteir was telling me that very often when he is conducting funerals, he will be the only one belting out the hymns. What about the congregation, I asked? He said almost all don’t sing as they don’t know the hymns even though they are the traditional ones. I was actually quite shocked to hear that. Who chooses the hymns I asked? The family, he replied. He added that they are often too upset to sing but sometimes it’s because they too don’t know the hymns but choose certain hymns because they are popular “funeral” hymns!!!! Oh dear!