About the Book of Praise

The Book of Praise: Anglo-Genevan Psalter has an important function within the worship services of the Canadian Reformed Churches. The word "praise" in the title reminds us of the exhortation in the letter to the Hebrews: "… let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name" (13:15). Because of his grace and faithfulness, the Lord meets with the people of his covenant in the worship service. In response to his Word we offer up our sacrifices of praise in psalms and hymns. The creeds and confessions are also the fruit of lips that acknowledge God’s name...

A brief history of the Book of Praise

When our forefathers arrived in Canada in the early 1950s, they noticed the absence of an English Psalter that used the familiar Genevan melodies. There was discussion as to what to do. Should they use the Psalter Hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC)? Or should they make their own Genevan Psalter? Although the worship services were first held in the Dutch language in which they could use the Dutch Psalter, they felt it important to develop an English one....

What's new in the 2014 Book of Praise?

The 2014 Book of Praise replaces the 2010 Authorized Provisional Version. Synod Carman 2013 mandated a significant number of changes to the Book of Praise. Read on for more details on what has changed in this edition.

A Special New Resource for Accompanists!

Mr. Dennis Teitmsa of Grace Canadian Reformed Church in Winnipeg has prepared harmonizations (including short preludes & postludes) for the 150 Psalms and 85 Hymns in the Book of Praise, and he has generously made these available free of charge by way of this website!

Resources and Links

In order to assist accompanists in finding material for accompaniment during the worship services, the Committee maintains a list of resources that should be of benefit in this regard. You will also find a set of helpful indexes for the Book of Praise, as well as links to other resources about the Genevan Psalter.