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Monthly History Lecture: 21st Century Liturgical Church Music - Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 14 Jun 2018, 12:12 ]

Music of Taize

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?

A series tracing 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. 

Lecture 10: The hymns and music of liturgical churches in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Our final session explores the folk mass, the meditative music brought back from the great pilgrimage sites of Taize and Iona, an "explosion" of hymn book revisions to address inclusive language and ethnic diversity, criticism of non-liturgical worship (and extensive borrowing from it), and contemporary hymn-writing contests. Finally, how we choose the hymns we sing at St. Anne's!

  • 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 25
  9. Wednesday, May 9
  10. Wednesday, June 13