Christian distribution[ edit ] The majority of Christians are found in the south east, South-South, south west and Middle-belt region. An increasing number of mission stations and mission bookstores, along with churches serving southern enclaves and northern Christians in the northern cities and larger towns, are found in the Muslim north. Other denominations abounded as well. Presbyterians arrived in the late 17th century in the IbibioAnnang and Efik land and the Niger Delta area and had missions in the middle belt as well.
Why there's hope for Catholic liturgical music Organ. By Adelaide Mena Washington D. Most recently, in a February column for Aleteia, Tommy Tighe raises concerns that some common Catholic hymns are not only musically lacking, but doctrinally questionable.
Much of the critique of contemporary liturgical music lies in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, and how they were carried out.
While this may certainly be the case in many places, other musical scholars affirm that it is actually the reforms of Vatican II that not only preserve the rich liturgical history the Roman Catholic Church has used for centuries, but allow that tradition to grow.
While they may share many of the same critiques of some popular works and trends in certain kinds of liturgical music, they also say that Mass music is getting better — and that it is getting better because the Church has preserved what is good from centuries past and is also providing avenues for worthwhile contributions from other traditions and the modern day.
New music, scholars say, is an important part of this revival of musical traditions the Church has saved. The roots of sacred music Music isn't just an important addition to the liturgy, added as an extension of praise and worship.
The inclusion goes back to the very earliest days of the Church — to the Last Supper, Nestor said. Over the centuries, Catholic theology developed to explain why the union of sacred music and text was such an important element of worship that arose from these early traditions.
The Roman Catholic Church also continued to intertwine music and prayer into nearly every part of its liturgy. Within the Roman Catholic Church, there are sung elements that change to reflect both daily prayers and readings and set elements of the liturgy that remains steady throughout the year, Nestor said.
While the parts of the Mass Ordinary, such as the Kyrie, Sanctus or Agnus Dei, remain largely constant and cannot be omitted from the Liturgy except under specific circumstances, many parts of the proper have fallen from daily use.
When these elements from the propers are dropped, parishes leave out important music that has special relevance to the prayers of the day. In the process, authentic cultural values and traditions are integrated into Christianity and Christianity impacts culture.
Authentic accommodation of culture and tradition must respect the essential unity of the liturgy, and the balance between culture and liturgy must be done carefully Nestor cautioned. Augustine's Church, in Washington D. Her advice, he said, encapsulated the Church's guidance on the integration and respect for various cultural traditions.
This attitude, he said, strikes at the heart of the universality of the Church. Various cultures and peoples are no the only ones with their distinct traditions within the Church; many religious orders also have their own liturgical and musical traditions.
He told CNA that in the brothers' latest musical album seeks to illuminate the unique musical tradition of their religious order. When the Dominican order was founded and its liturgy formed, there was no standard liturgy for the whole Church, Fr.
From this quirk of liturgical history, Dominican chant also evolved into its own distinct tradition.
The brothers' projects, like its album, are opportunities for the Dominicans to share both the richness of the tradition as well as the message of the Gospel with others, said Fr.
This fact is an element which the student brothers recording tried to bring forward through new compositions on the album, Fr. Among the older works are new pieces written by brothers, which range in style. In his view, Fr.
In writing his Mass for the translation, his goal was to create a piece that was singable and was clearly liturgical, and yet was in conversation with he current state of the musical world.
For Thomas Stehle, how to choose good liturgical music is not only a theoretical issue but a practical one.
As director of music for St. C, Stehle is in charge of planning liturgies for six English and Latin-language Masses for a diverse community within the Archdiocese.
For him, Stehle told CNA, the challenge — as it would be at any parish — is balancing music that is both of quality and liturgically appropriate as well as easily accessible for prayer. Not every pleasant piece is appropriate for Mass, he cautioned, and this guideline cuts across genres of music.Nevertheless, Catholic charismatics do observably enjoy this assurance, while yet maintaining humility, a sense of sin, and a life of repentance often more successfully than do their Protestant counterparts.
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