Through Hymns, With Hymns, In Hymns: The Fathers & Music
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Music formed the early Christians in faith. It catechized them. Inspired them. Unified them. Healed them. The Fathers—from Ignatius of Antioch to John of Damascus—testify to this fact. Many of them wrote music. Augustine wrote a book about music. At a time when most people could not read, music was the most effective delivery system for doctrine. The decisions of the councils would have been dead letters apart from their placement in musical settings. In this episode, early Christian music finally gets its due recognition.
Mike Aquilina, How the Choir Converted the World: Through Hymns, With Hymns, and In Hymns https://catholicbooksdirect.com/products/how-the-choir-converted-the-world-through-hymns-with-hymns-and-in-hymns
Mike Aquilina, How the Choir Converted the World: Through Hymns, With Hymns, and In Hymns (audio book) https://catholicbooksdirect.com/products/audio-cd-how-the-choir-converted-the-world-through-hymns-with-hymns-and-in-hymns
Ephrem the Syrian, The Nisibene Hymns https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3702.htm
Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns for the Feast of Epiphany https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3704.htm
Ephrem the Syrian, The Pearl—Seven Hymns on the Faith https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3705.htm
Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
Mike Aquilina’s books https://catholicbooksdirect.com/writer/mike-aquilina/
Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed http://www.ccwatershed.org
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Posted by: crazylikeknoxes3387 -
Aug. 09, 2023 11:31 AM ET USA
Very interesting. Basil is right that people are more likely to remember the hymn rather than the Gospel or homily. Ironic, however, that Basil's sermon is still read while whatever hymn entralled his congregation is now lost. Even so today, people will leave Mass humming One Bread, One Body and forget the Gospel reading. But the Gospel will still be with us in another 1000 years, while One Bread, One Body is more doubtful.