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
Doesn’t serve purpose
I’m an organist who decided to purchase this hymnal so that I wouldn’t have to fuss with the two separate accompaniment books and could have it all in one place. However, this is not nearly as easy to use as other book or music reading apps. This has been a difficult hymnal to use in general because there are so many two-page accompaniments, and like in other apps such as iBooks or ForScore, I expect to see two pages at once when I shift to landscape orientation. That’s not the case in this app.
Additionally, I would like for it to turn pages for those two-page hymns like any other book, but instead, it turns to the next hymn when I tap on the side of the page (like in every other app) and not to the next page of the current hymn. It’s frustrating and not intuitive. For performing musicians who have limited time, apps with screens representing pages in a book should act like the other major apps do, not differently.
Finally, you can’t always see the entire page of a given hymn without scrolling. All of these are issues I had hoped would be solved by purchasing this app.
In other news, I LOVE the fact that I can quickly type in a hymn number to find it. Best feature.
I decided to give it a few weeks before I made this review, and since then I have, and I wish I hadn’t spent so much money on it now.
I’m a Cumberland Presbyterian pastor and this is one of my favorite ministry resources. I love being able to have this resource with me wherever I go. Being able to hear audio clips is great for choosing hymns, especially ones that I’m unfamiliar with, and also means I can use it in my own prayer time. Being able to search by song title, topic, season, scripture text or by lectionary makes looking for appropriate songs really easy. The only downsides are that occasionally the app does crash (usually if I’ve been really skipping everywhere), and the audio is often limited to 30 seconds due to licensing restrictions. Otherwise, I’d give this baby a whopping 5 stars.
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.
Developer Response ,
Sorry about the difficulty you are having. There is not time limit on our apps, and we've not had this problem reported before. Try these steps to resolve your issue (you note that have tried some of them, but there are some specific instructions at the end that might be necessary to solve this issue: Deleting the book and downloading it again following these detailed instructions. 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.
- 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.