LM 101 Music in Christian Worship

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Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures: 12 hours Private study: 12 hours


End of semester examination: 100%

Module Aims

To introduce students to the study of music in the Christian liturgical tradition.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course, the student will: • Have obtained an overview of the scriptural and doctrinal sources • Be cognisant of contemporary Church teaching in this area • Be attuned to the function of liturgical music and its connection with liturgical celebrations
  • Indicative Syllabus: • Scriptural and Patristic foundations; fundamental Principles • Music and the Word • Gregorian Chant • The heritage of Western Christian liturgical music • The directives of Vatican II and post-conciliar documents • The musical roles of priest, congregation, choir, cantor and instrumentalist • Liturgical music and culture; current issues in liturgical musicology