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Hymns, choruses and other uses of music in worship.

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Kids Christian cassette tape

I hope someone can help me. I'm in search of an old cassette tape that I used to listen to when I was a kid. I lost it about 15 years ago and I've totally forgotten the name of it. I'm pretty sure it ...
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Looking for a cassette tape. Help please if possible

In the mid-to-late 1990s, my family and I went to a Christian book store and bought a cassette that we played to death. Since then we lost the tape and my searches online haven't produced anything. ...
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Why is “Battle Hymn of the Republic” considered to be a patriotic hymn in the United States?

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" is a well-known hymn written around the time of the United States civil war (1861–1865). It is often performed at patriotic events in the United States, like political ...
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What Protestant/Evangelical tradition is represented in the Casting Crowns song “What the World Needs”?

I hadn't the song "What this World Needs" before today, although it's 10 years old - guessing it didn't get much air play on the Christian Radios. I'm wondering if it has something to do with this ...
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I'm trying to find the title of a Children's cassette tape with a mouse who would teach the books of the Bible by singing?

I remember it had a mouse in it who would fly really fast through a library or something on a book, and would teach kids the books of the Bible by singing? Maybe even Bible stories too. Its driving ...
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What rubric, canon, and/or rules forbid(s) the use of recorded music in a Tridentine Missa Cantata?

The question is related to this one: What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services? However, I am interested in the Catholic perspective. What are the canons, rules, and/or ...
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Is there a Biblical reason why the church of Christ does not use instrumental music? [duplicate]

I have heard all of my life that the New Testament does not authorize the use of musical instruments, so the church of Christ does not use them. They say they are silent where the Bible is silent, ...
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Is there an equivalent to cantillation or tajweed in Christianity?

In both Islam and Hebrew, the respective holy books have rules for pronunciation and recitation so that they can be sung. Cantillation is the ritual chanting of readings from the Hebrew Bible in ...
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Christian story/song from the 1980s

I'm trying to figure out a song from when I was a girl in the 80s. The lyric I can remember is, "Take a good long look at yourself, what a handsome you, you are." It was sung by a male. I believe it ...
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What role does the Gospel Music Association have in standardizing what is played on Contemporary Christian Music stations?

The wikipedia entry for Christian Metal says that some of the stations which do play said genre: as a whole these larger stations generally maintain a GMA-prescribed format. Christian metal (...
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Was Satan/Lucifer the angel of music before his fall?

While I was searching in Youtube about music backmasking I found this video and there (a few minutes starting the video), the narrator says: [...] The angel [Lucifer] was head over the music in the ...
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Has there ever been a successful Catholic Christian rock or pop band since the Singing Nun?

I'd say a successful band is one that sticks together for 10 years or so and has one of those TLA or first-name awards or a top-40 hit or is actually played on the radio. I'm not into the music scene,...
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Why is the term “hymn” used so frequently to refer to “old-church-hymns?” [closed]

A hymn is any song giving praise or adoration to a deity, so why is it that the term "hymn" is so popular to the traditional songs of Protestants and Catholics, such as Come Thou Fount of Every ...
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Do Mormons in European countries also sing patriotic American songs?

The answer to this question says about the hymnbook used by the LDS church in USA that: The patriotic songs in the hymnbook include America the Beautiful, My Country, 'Tis of Thee, The Star-...
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I'm looking for the title of a Children's cassette, late 80s or early 90s

There was a cassette tape my family listened to on road trips when I was a child that I would like to now play for my children. The plot: A Sunday school class had to memorize a list of Bible Verses ...
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Which Christian denomination removed trinitarian language from the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy”?

In a brief article on the Trinity by Gordon H. Clark, he makes a surprising claim about a popular trinitarian hymn: The hymn book of one denomination has rewritten "Holy, Holy, Holy," so as to ...
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Is the American version of the “Father Abraham” song anti-Christian? [closed]

In my language, this popular children's song says "The LORD has many children...". However, I've just learned that the American (maybe the original) version of this song goes like this: Father ...
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What relationship does the Harlem Gospel Choir have to Christianity?

Probably the most famous Gospel choir is the Harlem Gospel Choir. They are known around the world for their excellent performances of African American Gospel music. But to my knowledge, their origins ...
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What's up with churches and guitars in this joke from The Big Bang Theory?

From The Big Bang Theory: Mary: Thank you, God, for the food we are about to receive and for the nourishment of our bodies and bless the hands that prepared it. Amen. Sheldon: Given that your ...
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In RC doctrine, when is pop culture, like Bernstein's Mass, appropriate to tell sacred messages?

Background and lead up to question Most people reading this weren't old enough when it was released, if they were around at all, to remember it, although it has been performed fairly frequently since ...
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Early 90s Jungle themed christian childrens Musical

There was a popular Jungle themed christian children's musical, in the early 90's. It centered on a young lion cub worried about growing up and becoming King (not Lion King). It had several fun ...
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Why did John Newton oppose Handel's Messiah?

Recently, while listening to a lecture on worship by Kevin Twit, I was surprised to hear John Newton's opinion on Handel's Messiah: John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace," refused to let Handel'...
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What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services?

My church's stated philosophy of music requires that all music used in the worship service be performed live – that is, the use of prerecorded accompaniment tracks or other audio is not permitted. I ...
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Was Arianism spread using musical jingles?

I found an interesting claim in Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language, regarding Arius's methods of promoting his theology, Arianism: [Arius] put ideas into jingles, which set to simple ...
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What is the name of this Christian kids' song and tape?

I remember lyrics but not the title of the tape: Verse: your love never lets me down because your love is true Chorus: I'm never ever ever ever ever ever ever gonna stop loving you Verse: sometimes ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy: what is the difference in character between each of the 8 modes?

What are each of the 8 modes/tones in the Eastern Orthodox traditions (especially the Byzantine Chant and Russian Chant traditions) meant to convey in terms of spiritual posture, attitude, character, ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy - When a liturgical hymn to a Saint is composed (such as a Troparion), how is the mode/tone for the hymn chosen?

Canons, troparia, kontakia, aposticha, stichera, etc. all have a tone/mode associated with them. How does the author of the hymn choose which mode/tone to use? Is it the same for all, or is it a ...
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Were musical instruments alowed in the temple holy and holy of holys?

There appear to be examples of musical instruments on the temple grounds but is there any law allowing musical instruments in the temple sanctuary, the holy and the Holy of holys?
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

Does the Catholic Church have a particular book that contains the Latin lyrics for Gregorian chants? I suppose most of these chants are sung as part of a liturgy. One such chant is named Communio: ...
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Is sacred music still sacred if performed by non-believers? [closed]

Whilst listening to Wednesday Morning 3AM and enjoying the Benedictus, I found myself pondering the question of whether or not this could be considered sacred music as neither the performers were ...
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How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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When did guitar led worship music become accepted?

When did guitar based worship music become common and accepted in church worship, when organs used to be the standard.
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What's the difference between a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song?

Is the difference between a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song/song from the Spirit defined anywhere in scripture or church tradition? Paul said this to the Ephesians: Ephesians 5:18-20 Do not ...
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What is the history of offertories?

Many churches take up tithes and offerings in the middle of a service, and many have an offeratory or music during that time of the service. I'm curious as to the history of this practice. It seems it ...
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Music Ministry in Evangelical Free Church of America

I have a desire to start a Music Ministry in an EFCA local assembly that sings to recorded Contemporary Praise and Worship music. How long should I be committed to this assembly before being allowed ...
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Is “Worship Pastor” a new term?

From Wikipedia article "Worship pastor" A Worship Pastor usually refers to a person in some Christian churches, largely in North America, who ministers within the church via music performance, ...
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What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?

I've heard it said that Martin Luther condemned the use of pipe organs, saying that they were somehow evil. What is the source for this quote? Or is it falsely attributed to Luther?
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Kids christian music from the 80's

When I was a little kid, I used to listen to these tapes at night as I fell asleep. They made a big impression on me. I can't for the life of me figure out what they were (my parents have no clue) or ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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Is song a critical component of worship or something that we've just borrowed from example? [closed]

As a follow-up to this previous question: What is the biblical basis for singing in church? Would worship be incomplete without song? Though their are examples of worship through song in the bible ...
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What is the basis for why certain musical beats are deemed by some to be unchristian or immoral?

I have encountered people in the past that have asserted that certain musical rhythms or beats are inherently immoral or sinful. It seems to follow, then, that even if the words of Scriptures ...
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What is the biblical basis for singing in church?

I know music is a form of worship that is expressed several times throughout the Bible, but how did singing gain such a pivotal role in church services? What biblical basis is there for congregational ...
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Is this melody part of the French church mass?

In this article, in the section entitled The “Great” Aleinu History, the author writes that a particular melody used in Jewish High Holiday prayers was added to the French Church Mass in the late 12th ...
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Gregorian Chant - Is it merely a form of music, like Hymns, or is there a deeper meaning?

The title says it all. Is Gregorian Chant merely a style of music, or is there some deeper meaning behind it? Does it serve some special purpose, or have a usage beyond being a form of worshiping ...
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Are there any surviving hymns from the Valdensian movement?

The Valdensians preached and celebrated the Lord's Supper in the native tongue of the people, not in Latin. However, every source I've read about their customs focus on what was spoken, while I also ...
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When did the gathered church stop singing choruses?

I read a few years ago, that the early church (1st - 2nd century) would start their gatherings by singing choruses and that this went on for a while, before the rest of the liturgy. Unfortunately, my ...
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Did Jesus ever sing?

I've been re-watching Jesus Christ Superstar recently and a thought sprang into my mind: did the real Jesus ever sing? I mean, are there any records to that effect in the Scriptures or elsewhere, ...
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What are the defining qualities for a Christian band/singer/songwriter? [closed]

We sometimes call this or that group/singer a 'Christian' while we do not call others as such. I've once asked here if a certain group could be considered Christian and received vastly different ...
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Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship

I was in a church today that considers itself to hold strictly to the regulative principle of worship (that which is not explicitly commanded for public worship in Scripture is implicitly condemned) ...