Roman Catholic church music in England served the needs of a vigorous, vibrant and multi-faceted community that grew from about 70,000 to 1.7 million people during the long nineteenth century. Contemporary literature of all kinds abounds, along with numerous collections of sheet music, some running to hundreds, occasionally even thousands, of separate pieces, many of which have since been forgotten. Apart from compositions in the latest Classical Viennese styles and their successors, much of the music performed constituted a revival or imitation of older musical genres, especially plainchant and Renaissance Polyphony. Furthermore, many pieces that had originally been intended to be performed by professional musicians for the benefit of privileged royal, aristocratic or high ecclesiastical elites were repackaged for rendition by amateurs before largely working or lower middle class congregations, many of them Irish. However, outside Catholic circles, little attention has been paid to this subject. Consequently, the achievements and widespread popularity of many composers (such as Joseph Egbert Turner, Henry George Nixon or John Richardson) within the English Catholic community have passed largely unnoticed. Worse still, much of the evidence is rapidly disappearing, partly because it no longer seems relevant to the needs of the modern Catholic Church in England. This book provides a framework of the main aspects of Catholic church music in this period, showing how and why it developed in the way it did. Dr Muir sets the music in its historical, liturgical and legal context, pointing to the ways in which the music itself can be used as evidence to throw light on the changing character of English Catholicism. As a result the book will appeal not only to scholars and students working in the field, but also to church musicians, liturgists, historians, ecclesiastics and other interested Catholic and non-Catholic parties.
China's Roman Catholic Underground Church, of what do we really know? The phrase "Once I was blind but now I know comes to mind". One would have to be quite naive to not understand the power that the Chinese government has over its people. This book brings to light much that is never mentioned about the world's most powerful government. There is much happening in China that is now and will in the not to distant future effecting the world.
This is an introduction to the World's major religions from a Catholic Perspective. There is no single standard textbook that outlines the official Roman Catholic theological position in relation to other religions which then explicates this orientation theologically and phenomenologically in relation to the four main religions of the world and the flowering of new religious movements in the west. The present project will cover this serious gap in the literature. After outlining the teaching of Vatican II and the magisterium since then (chapter one), each subsequent chapter will be divided equally between: an exposition of the history and features of the religion or movement being studied; and a serious theological analysis of these features, showing how these religions do have elements in common, as well as how they differ in fundamental ways from Catholicism.
Chaplains must deal with individuals of different traditions. This work assists ministers in better understanding Catholics and how to minister to them. This work looks at Catholic practices and beliefs as well as contains prayers that to Catholics are familiar. Included is also prayers to be used in a hospital or military setting for the sick and dying. The chapters are: What is a Catholic When to notify a Catholic priest Common Religious Practices: Mass Attendance, Dietary, Ash Wednesday, Mary and the Saints Catholic Prayers Catholic Sacraments Theological Issues Ethical Issues These are short chapters aimed at giving a non-Catholic minister quick information in ministering to a Catholic in a critical setting. This work was created to assist military Chaplains in carrying out their duty to facilitate Catholic soldiers.
Jesus said, "I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Yet, statistics show that Americans do not give much value to the church anymore! Perhaps American Christians don't love to hate the church but research suggests that they sure do hate to love it!The United States Census Bureau Records give some startling statistics, backed up by denominational reports from major denominations: Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. Research suggests that they are leaving churches as hurting and wounded victims of some kind of abuse, disillusionment, or neglect. From 1990 to 2000, the combined membership of all Protestant denominations in the USA declined by almost 5 million members (9.5%), while the US population increased by 24 million (11%). Between 1992 and 2002, 77% to 87% (160 million in 1992) of Americans identified themselves as Christians. Yet only 22% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1992 20.5% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1995 19% of Americans "frequently" attended church in 1999 18.0% of Americans "frequently" attended in church in 2002 The Church: The family we hate to love is a quick read that examines why God chose the metaphor of a family to describe important aspects of its nature.Without a doubt, many sad and bad things happen in churches! However, Christians today should learn to consider the church through the eyes of its founder. Could Christ have made a mistake when he established his church and called it the family of God? Read about this family that too many Christians hate to love. Perhaps you have missed something. Perhaps we all have!
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