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Hymns, choruses and other uses of music in worship.

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What are the oldest Anglican hymns

I am interested in the oldest Anglican hymns that are still in use either in the 1940 or the 1982 Episcopal hymnals.
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Heard a song at church and can't find it

The refrain is: "I am desperately in need, I am falling at your feet, and I plead for mercy." Something like that. I don't know the rest and what I wrote may be out of order.
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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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Childrens Album with raindrops and instruments

Growing up my church nursery had 2 records we always listened to...one i was able to find (it was from the Aunt Bea series), and the other one I only remember vaguely, but it was about raindrops and ...
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What's the history of using a worship set in church, rather than interspersed songs

I have heard the arguments for and against an extended time of worship at the start of a church service. My question, though, is more historical. Where did this approach to sung worship originate; as ...
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What is the earliest source containing the 'Stabat Mater' melody from the 1961 Liber Usualis?

I would like to find the earliest source containing the Stabat Mater melody on page 1634V from The Liber Usualis, Solesmes, 1961 edition: If the earliest source is not known, I would like a source ...
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Was the music of the early church a capella?

I have often heard historical arguments like the following against the use of musical instruments: Neither he [Paul] nor any other apostle, nor the Lord Jesus, nor any of the disciples for five ...
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What is the basis for saying rock music is sinful?

It has been suggested to me that some Christians believe that rock music is inherently immoral, and as a result they believe that Christians would do well to avoid the entire genre. For example, ...
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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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Christian kids cassette from the 90s

I grew up in the 90s and when I would go to bed, my mom would put on these cassette tapes to listen to. Some of them were from the Psalty series, but there was this one I’ve been trying to find. I don’...
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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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Is there a list of all the verses to "Were you there?"

I was singing "Were you there..." to myself while planting potatoes yesterday evening after the Good Friday service, I got to the stone being rolled away and I couldn't help but think there ...
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What is the earliest source containing the music for Adoro te devote?

Can someone point me to the earliest source that contains the melody for Adoro te devote? I've checked on the Cantus Index, as well as MMMO database and have not been able to find anything on this ...
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How can the congregation know whether a hymn is also a prayer after Mass?

I recently heard that at the end of Mass, if the recessional hymn has the form of a prayer that the priest is supposed to remain at the altar until the hymn/prayer is done. I'd imagine this is ...
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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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What is "the moon runs down in a purple stream" referring to?

Regarding this verse of the traditional folk song “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel”: The moon runs down in a purple stream And the sun refused to shine And every star did disappear Yes, freedom shall ...
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Late 70-mid 80s kids’ music album?

When I was a kid, I had a cassette by I think a pair of male artists, probably accompanied by acoustic guitar? One of the tracks included these lyrics: "Be not conformed to this world, but be ...
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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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Looking for a children’s musical, "Amazing Grace"

The lyric contains the words "Where I’d Superman when you need a helping hand?"
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Is the 'Jazz Mass' still able to be celebrated?

Are the Jazz Masses, like the ones Mary Lou Williams and Joe Masters composed still licit forms of the Mass or have they been officially suppressed at some point in the last 50-60 years?
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Help my daughter find a childhood song from Sunday school

My daughter has only six months at best left on the Earth. A very happy time of her childhood was spent with the Salvation Army as a child. A part of her life we didn’t share. She is consumed by a ...
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How did the Catholic Masses' kyriales get their names?

There are eighteen plainchant settings of the ordinary of the Mass (kyriales), sixteen of which have specific names. 1961 Liber Usualis: Ordinary Chants Name Season Mode Century 1 Lux et origo In ...
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What is the basis for calling God's love "reckless"?

The song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury has a lyric that says: Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God What is the basis for saying that God's love is reckless? That seems ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Especially since we have switched from in person to live streamed services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing as we have had a phased return with both in person people and live steaming, we’...
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Who first compared the Trinity to a musical triad?

Who first compared the Trinity to a musical triad (a three-note chord), where each Divine Person is analogous to a distinct note and the chord analogous to the Divine Substance?
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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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How did Christian Death Metal arise?

I happened to learn that Christian black/death metal bands, along with their niche community were a thing, and was curious when this started and what lead to such a movement, especially since the ...
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Where does Taizé Community phrase, “Stay With Me” come from in the bible?

I'm writing a Theology of the Body work, and was wondering where the song’s phrase, "Stay With Me" by Taizé Community comes from in the bible. Is this too powerful of an image for young ...
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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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What keyboard hymnals do beginner piano accompanists use to learn the Catholic Mass?

I'm actually looking for a gift for my wife to buy me for Christmas, but in trying to make this an objective questions for this site, I'd like to know, assuming there is some sort of common ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the biblical basis for the prohibition of instruments in worship?

I understand that some Protestant churches prohibit the use of musical instruments in their worship services. What is the specific biblical basis for this practice, or, if there is no specific ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...