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Hymns, choruses and other uses of music in worship.

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Secular Music and Christian Standards?

I am asking this question because I don't know if I'm being correct or too legalistic. I don't have a problem listening to secular music without sinful lyrics, for example: "She loves you" ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

In my experience, every church I've either been in or seen recorded ask the congregation to stand when they sing. Without having done a scientific study, it seems this is a near-universal practice ...
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Kids 80's Christian song

Does anyone know of a kids Christian music song with the phrase, "Jesus you know what? My heart says I love you." I remember hearing on the radio sometime between 1978 and 1983.
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How to learn to chant the Liturgy of the Hours?

I went to solemn vespers for the first time in my life last Friday and it was super awesome. I brought my liturgy of the hours book with, thinking I might need it, but they provided a card with the ...
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Why is this music chosen for a Catholic Mass?

At 06:00 in this video (Levithögmässa. 23 november 2019, Göteborg) of Mass in the Extraordinary Form, some special music is performed. Why would anyone choose what I refer to as "concert music" for ...
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What musical liturgical melodies could Jesus have sung in the synagogues of his day?

What musical liturgical melodies could Jesus have sung in the synagogues of his day? Do any possible examples still exist, based on historical evidence? Have any musically inclined historians ...
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Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam?

If you ever went to an Eastern-Orthodox service, well... their music sounds like Islam to me. It's very different from Western Christian music that is typically accompanied by an organ (even known ...
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Is the song Baba Yetu actually used by African churches?

Recently I encountered someone who, upon hearing the song "Baba Yetu," a rendition of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili, assumed that it is widely used in the Swahili-speaking church in Africa. However, ...
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Where can I find the Graduale Romanorum in Latin or Croatian in physical format?

I've been looking for the official Graduale Romanorum which sanctions which hymns, chants, etc. are allowed to be performed during Mass. Unfortunately, I could only find the Latin version in digital ...
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Contemporary Catholic views on music in the Church: is music for God or for the people?

I'm a non-believer church organist; I just moved to Spain and it's my first time playing regularly for a church service -- this one is Catholic. I want to understand why Catholics have music in the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 S10E12: 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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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 ...