Liturgical Music as an Invitation to Transformation

Wambua, Francis Abednego (2022) Liturgical Music as an Invitation to Transformation. Masters thesis, Hekima University College.

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According to Vatican II, liturgical music is a kind of music that is written for the celebration of divine worship. It is the kind of music appropriate for liturgy. Such music is supposedly endowed with qualities that are proper to liturgy, such as, sanctity, goodness of form, universality and holiness. This has the aim of sharing in the overall goal of the liturgy, which is, the glorification of God, and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. Liturgical music clothes with suitable melody and harmony the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful. Henceforth, it adds greater efficacy to that text making it more inspiring, captivating, and well understood. Consequently, the faithful will supposedly get inspired and better disposed to receive the benefits of the grace proper to the celebration of the holy mysteries. This will presumably result to a transformed liturgical subject. However, this has not been the case since experience shows that beautifully sung liturgies have not produced transformed liturgical subjects. This is to say that liturgical music seem to have failed in its auxiliary role in bringing about the anticipated transformation. On the contrary, in this research paper, we argue that liturgical music is capable bringing about transformation to the faithful. This means that the liturgical music endowed with the right lyrical content, structure and form, representation and imitation, has the power to bring about transformation to the liturgical subject. In addition, proper aids, such as, a well-executed and captivating homily, openness of the liturgical subject to receive the transformative power of liturgical music, among others, is crucial. Finally the Holy Spirit, the principal initiator of transformation, will complete the transformative effect on the liturgical subject, and, collectively and communally, will bring about a transformed society.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Afro-Christiana
Depositing User: G. Obatsa
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2022 12:55
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 13:00

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