Gamblers and Hymn Selections


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According to Holiday magazine, the most popular numbers at Monte Carlo’s roulette tables are 17 and 29. What has this to do with the church? More than the churchmen would care to believe. For it is further reported that in the English church in Mexico, no hymn with a number lower than 37 is sung, for fear that hunch-players in the congregation will rush out to back it. An American may be shocked at this, but he may not be smug. For in early New Zealand the practice of betting on the numbers of the next Sunday’s hymns was not unknown, even if this was somewhat less disturbing to the decorum of the worship service than the quaint Monacan custom.

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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