Practice this 4 part hymn setting on the organ with pedals. Note that the alto part is assigned to the feet and should be played on the 4' stop. Left hand plays the bass and the tenor; the soprano is played by the right hand on a different manual.
If you find it hard to sight-read it without mistakes, practice each part separately first, then combinations of two parts and three parts before putting everything together.
It is best to play every step and combination 3 times in a row correctly and fluently without hitting the wrong notes or making rhythmical hesitations.
Since this is the hymn from the 19th century, try to play everything legato except the repeated notes and notes leading to unisons (in the left hand) which should be shortened exactly by an eighth-note value.
Here is the file for listening and for printing.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.