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Voices Uplifted

The Spiritual & Sacramental Choir of the Body of Christ
by Christopher Hoyt

For the modern English speaker, the words "wind," "breath," and "spirit" each conjure a different sort of mental image. "Wind" may summon up the picture of tree limbs swaying in the breeze. For "breath," one might imagine a windowpane fogged by exhalation or a diagram of human lungs. "Spirit" conveys still another sort of idea: Scrooge's midnight visitors or a genie from a lamp. In our minds, these three—wind, breath, and spirit—are sharply differentiated ideas that do not overlap much with one another, and our evolving English language has assigned a separate term to each.

But in the biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek it . . .

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Christopher Hoyt is a composer, hymnodist, and church organist. He is the Adjunct Professor of Sacred Music at Cranmer Theological House (Reformed Episcopal) and a church organist at the Church of the Holy Communion (Reformed Episcopal) in Dallas, Texas.


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