Glory to God is an iPad edition of the Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God, with razor-sharp music, powerful search capabilities, sample piano recordings of hymns, interesting information about hymns and their authors, and the ability to access several different versions of hymns including pew, accompaniment, large print, projection, lead sheet, and instrumental (strings, brass, and woodwinds).
This free app includes the pew version of all 235 of the public domain hymns in Glory to God including favorites such as “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “Take My Life and Let It Be.” You can add various editions of the hymnal, which include copyrighted as well as public domain hymns, with in-app purchases:
• Pew $19.99
• Large Print $24.99
• Accompaniment $49.99
• Accompaniment with FlexScores $99.99
• Alto Sax Edition, $24.99
• Bass Edition, $24.99
• Bassoon Edition, $24.99
• Cello Edition, $24.99
• Clarinet Edition, $24.99
• Flute Edition, $24.99
• Horn Edition, $24.99
• Oboe Edition, $24.99
• Tenor Sax Edition, $24.99
• Trombone Edition, $24.99
• Trumpet Edition, $24.99
• Tuba Edition, $24.99
• Viola Edition, $24.99
• Violin Edition, $24.99
For each hymn there is a page of information that may include a description of the hymn, a brief biography of the author or composer, and information for worship leaders such as performance suggestions and available arrangements. A brief audio clip is also available.
The search box allows you to search for hymns by first line, author, composer, topic, or scripture passages quoted or alluded to. A handy keypad lets you jump immediately to a hymn by number.
The Accompaniment with FlexScores edition includes everything in the other editions and adds our revolutionary FlexScores for most of the hymns. These include large print, lead sheet, projection, and instrumental versions. Users are able to adjust the music and text size of the scores and transpose them.
The versions offered for FlexScores include accompaniment, pew, lead sheet, projection, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, soprano or tenor saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. For the instrumental versions, the music is transposed into an appropriate range and displayed in an appropriate clef for the instrument. The projection version enables you to connect the iPad to a projector and project hymns onto a screen.
A network connection is required to play audio samples and view FlexScores.
Note that while editions (such as the Pew Edition or Accompaniment with FlexScores Edition) of the hymnal can be transferred to other devices, individual FlexScores -- both the $1.99 and $9.99 versions -- cannot be transferred to other devices.
- View hymns related to the current, or future, lectionary weeks
- Hymns are organized by relation to scripture
- Tap on a hymn to jump to it in the hymnal
- Tap on the help button in the app for detailed instructions on how to use this new feature
Additional transposed FlexScore Editions
- Alto Sax Edition
- Bass Edition
- Bassoon Edition
- Cello Edition
- Clarinet Edition
- Flute Edition
- Horn Edition
- Oboe Edition
- Tenor Sax Edition
- Trombone Edition
- Trumpet Edition
- Tuba Edition
- Viola Edition
- Violin Edition
Minor bug fixes
- Tapping on a toolbar button when a popover is on the screen will close the current popover and open the one for the tapped button
- Increased the time the page number indicator stays on the screen
- Fixed a bug preventing stanzas from being customized in some circumstances
- Fixed a bug where scripture search results were not sorted by hymn number
- Fixed a bug where some search entries were showing up as "NULL"
- Improved error messages so they are more understandable
-(2/6/2018) New Hyperlinked table of contents indicating titles of hymns available and identifying which hymns are in the public domain and which hymns are copyrighted. The table of contents is hyperlinked to both the hymn itself (including words) and the tune associated with it.
Ratings and Reviews
Why pay twice?
What in the world has happened? I once had access to a fairly awesome app but now its asking me to pay again. I purchased this app several years ago and did not understand it to have a time limit subscription. Please let me know what needs to be done to access the it for worship planning purposes. I’ve tried deleting the app and downloading it again from the App Store to know avail.
I purchased this app and several hymns still do not appear - what is going on
Deleting the book and downloading it again will fix your problem. Here are detailed instructions to transfer the purchase from one device to a different device. First, you must use same Apple ID. Uninstall the app, reinstall it, and then go to the cart and click on Restore Purchases. You will want to make sure you have connected to the internet when taking these steps. If this doesn't work, let us know.
Terrific resource, needs some tweaks
This is a great tool for musicians, clergy, and people in the pews. It could be an excellent alternative for electronically-minded congregations.
The interface is simple, it's customizable (and in-app purchases allow those of us who aren't playing the piano or organ to get a less expensive version of the Accompaniment Edition), and makes good use of the electronic platform for things like FlexScores and MIDI previews of the hymn tunes (saves my musically-trained boss those calls from other pastors: "how does XYZ go again?").
1. MIDI previews are fantastic, but for longer tunes they fade out at strange places or start midway through the song. This feature may be the single best selling point for the app--whatever extra space is needed for the samples is WORTH IT!
2. Expand the search functionality to allow searching by hymn tune. One of the nice touches of "Glory to God" is how new texts are set to familiar tunes.
3. One of the best features of the paper edition is the Lectionary Index, which pairs hymn suggestions with each scripture reading in the Revised Common Lectionary. Can we get access to this somehow?
4. One of the changes in GTG is a significant amount of liturgical material at the front. Can this be added as well?
Thanks for your review. My response is actually quite similar to another review that was posted here. In terms of the midi files, we are restricted by copyright and can only provide a 30 second sample. If we could do more, we would. I'd encourage you to check out Hymnary.org and use the free search engine there. Unfortunately, most liturgical text and information is copyrighted. For some of hymns, this can be purchased (because we have to pay royalties on it) at hymnary.org. As for the lectionary index, this is something on our radar. I'm not sure what, if anything, will be done, but the use of the church calendars was a highly reported suggested on a recent survey done by hymnary.org.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- 52.2 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Hymnary.org
- In-App Purchases
- Pew Edition $19.99
- Accompaniment Edition Hymnal $49.99
- Accompaniment Edition with FlexScores $99.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.