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Shaping the worship of the Reformed Church in Geneva: Calvin on prayer and praise

Alasdair Heron
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1350 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1350 | © 2012 Alasdair Heron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2012 | Published: 22 November 2012

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Alasdair Heron, Reformed Theology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The article aims to investigate the Calvin’s Genevan Service Order. It focuses on the question how the Psalter Calvin shaped the worship of the Reformed Church in Geneva. The article follows the critical edition of the Genevan prayer in Calvini Opera Selecta and in the German Studienausgabe as the two main published editions of the Genevan order with its related texts. The article shows that Calvin adhered to the general line of the Swiss and Upper German Reformations. It explores the understanding of worship reflected in the Genevan Service Order and the specific significance of its musical aspect. The article illustrates why Calvin gave the psalms the place he did in Genevan Reformed worship.


John Calvin’ Genevan Service Order; Psalter; worship; musical aspects; Swiss and Upper German Reformations


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