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The Earliest Christian Hymns: Monthly History Lectures focus on Music - Wed Dec 6, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 07:48 ]

Have you ever had the experience of enjoying signing a hymn, but then you catch yourself when you notice the words? A turn of phrase or an idea strikes you as strange, and you wonder what it means. You may even wonder whether you agree with the sentiments expressed. Then, we have already moved on to the next verse. You’re left wondering: What was that about?

The 10 evenings traces the history of singing in Christian worship beginning from the the music of the temple and synagogue, continuing with songs found embedded in the New Testament, and tracing our way forward from the early church through to the present. 

This FOURTH session explores the first Christian songs, featuring the songs that accompanied the story of Jesus' birth in Luke's Gospel: Luke 1:46-55 (known to us as the Magnificat); Luke 1:68-79 (known to us as the Benedictus); Luke 2:14 (Glory to God in the highest); and Luke 2:29-32 (Nunc Dimittis). What are the key messages in these songs?

We’ll explore turns of phrase and theological concerns the times, accompanied by slides, recordings and movie clips. We’ll sing! (no previous experience required).

  • The Rev. Gary van der Meer
  • Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities, Humber College
  • John-Luke Addison, Music Director at St. Anne's
There is continuity between sessions as we move through history - but each evening stands on its own. Even if you have to miss one, join us for the rest!

Here are the details:
  • We meet in the Skey Room, in the St. Anne's Parish Hall (see photo below).

  • The lecture begins at 7:30.  There is a potluck supper from 6:30 p.m. - especially helpful if you don’t have time to get home for a meal before the session begins. 

  • Concludes by 8:45 p.m.

  • Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member of St. Anne's or any church to participate. 

Lecture Dates (2017-2018):
  1. Wednesday, September 13
  2. Wednesday, October 11
  3. Wednesday, November 8
  4. Wednesday, December 6
  5. Wednesday, January 10
  6. Wednesday, February 7
  7. Wednesday, March 7
  8. Wednesday, April 11
  9. Wednesday, May 9
  10. Wednesday, June 13