In Chapter 5 (“Prayer and Christian Growth”), he lists five types of personal prayer. The final item provides the best explanation I’ve ever seen for prayers of adoration:
[A]doration is praising God for being what He is, worshipping Him not because of what He has done or may yet do, but just because He is God. Adoration is the highest and most unselfish type of prayer. Excellent examples are the Sanctus in the Communion Service, the first part of the Te Deum, and several of the prayers. To adore God is to become more truly and completely what we are intended to be, since the creature finds fulfillment in singing the praise of the Creator.With that definition, I looked for matching hymns in my Hymnal 1940. From Abp. Parsons’ taxonomy, we would start with the Sanctus, in the original (or Sanctus+Benedictus) versions:
- #704 (#796) the original 1550 Sanctus by John Merbecke from his Booke of Common Praier Noted, which provided service music for the Cranmer original but was forgotten until the 19th century Oxford Movement.
- #711 (#797) from the Healey Willan Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena
- #721 (#798) the 14th century plainsong, adapted by Winfred Douglas in the 1915 Missa Marialis
- #53 Songs of thankfulness and praise
- #266 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty — the ultimate Trinity Sunday hymn
- #279 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- #282 Praise my soul, the King of heaven
- #285 The God of Abraham praise
- #289 O God our help in ages past
- #325 O for a thousand tongues to sing
- #523 God the Omnipotent!
- #551 A mighty fortress