Of late, I have been concentrating on prayers and hymns, specifically those found in the Carmina Gadelica. I should, however, point out that Scripture is oozing with hymns and prayers. In fact, the entire book of Psalms is meant to be sung.
There are nine specific prayers from Scripture that the Orthodox Church uses as the frame work for an entire set of hymns called the Canon. One of these prayers is that of Hannah, Samuel's mother in that second chapter of I Samuel. Here is the complete list:
- The (First) Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-19)
- The (Second) Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-43)
- The Prayer of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
- The Prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
- The Prayer of Isaiah (Isaiah 26:9-20)
- The Prayer of Jonah (Jonah 2:2-9)
- The Prayer of the Three Holy Children (Daniel 3:26-56])*
- The Song of the Three Holy Children (Daniel 3:57-88)*
- The Song of the Theotokos (the Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55); the Song of Zacharias (the Benedictus, Luke 1:68-79)
* These are from those sections of Daniel that were originally written in Greek, therefore not found in the Mesoretic text of the OT — the basis of the OT for most modern English bibles. Most commonly these hymns will be found in what Protestants call the Apocrypha
For those that doubt that there are a plethora of potential ideas found within these prayers, take this from the opening verse of the Prayer of Hannah:
My heart is strengthened in the Lord;The word horn is a symbol for strength and power and therefore plays off the word strengthened in the first line (which is a typical poetic form in Hebrew). It is also the inspiration for this:
My horn is exalted in my God.
I smile at my enemies.