I wrote this at The Saint Aelfric Customary, but also want to share it here:
Don’t worry, this is not going to be a style-bashing article. Although we have looked almost exclusively at traditional hymnody on this blog, I have always maintained that there is a place for contemporary songs and styles in the liturgy. There is more work involved when it comes to discerning the value and use of a new song, if at least because no previous generations have already done that work for us, but I don’t proclaim an “inherent value” of one style over another. Chant is precious, hymnody is precious, and the various culture-specific expressions of worship music are precious too, at least in their home cultural contexts.
Rather, when I come up with a title “How not to use music in church“, I am concerned with the function of music in the liturgy. The basic worship-related axiom for us as Anglicans must always be this: the Prayer…
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