The article aims to investigate the Calvin’s Genevan Service Order. It focuses on the question
how the Psalter Calvin shaped the worship of the Reformed Church in Geneva. The article
follows the critical edition of the Genevan prayer in Calvini Opera Selecta and in the German
Studienausgabe as the two main published editions of the Genevan order with its related texts.
The article shows that Calvin adhered to the general line of the Swiss and Upper German
Reformations. It explores the understanding of worship refl ected in the Genevan Service
Order and the specifi c signifi cance of its musical aspect. The article illustrates why Calvin
gave the psalms the place he did in Genevan Reformed worship.
Both these editions indicate from which source the different strands of material are taken
This was the state of information when Marti compiled his edition and also when this lecture was delivered in May 2009. At the autumn 2009 meeting of the Presbytery of Europe in Lausanne, however, Felix Allender of the Genevan congregation told me of a letter of 09 July 2009 which he received from the Director of the Landesbibliothek informing him of the existence of another copy in the Henri- Arnaud-Haus/Waldensermuseum in Ötisheim.
Note: Prof. Dr Alasdair Heron is participating as research associate of Prof. Dr Johan
Buitendag, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. This article represents a reworked version of a paper delivered at the Annual Lecture to the Church Service Society on 25th May 2009 in Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh. Aspects of the paper was published in the Record of the Church Service Society, with permission by