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Psaltarpsalmen i Svenska kyrkans gudstjänstliv

Persson, Josefina LU (2012) TEOM55 20121
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
During the second half of the 20th century, more possibilities of singing Psalms in the common Sunday service arose in Church of Sweden. The aim of this study is to see in what different ways the Psalms are usually sung and where they appear in the different worship books. I am interested in how this has changed over time, from the 1940s until today. A special focus is also on church musicians and their view of the matter. The latter is studied by means of articles in the journal Kyrkomusikernas tidning between 1986 and 2011.

One of the conclusions I draw is that even though the possibilities of singing Psalms has increased in the latest revised versions of the worship books, the actual use of them in the parishes is diminishing. This... (More)
During the second half of the 20th century, more possibilities of singing Psalms in the common Sunday service arose in Church of Sweden. The aim of this study is to see in what different ways the Psalms are usually sung and where they appear in the different worship books. I am interested in how this has changed over time, from the 1940s until today. A special focus is also on church musicians and their view of the matter. The latter is studied by means of articles in the journal Kyrkomusikernas tidning between 1986 and 2011.

One of the conclusions I draw is that even though the possibilities of singing Psalms has increased in the latest revised versions of the worship books, the actual use of them in the parishes is diminishing. This goes especially for Psalms sung according to a traditional Gregorian psalmody, usually performed by a choir or a lead singer at the beginning of the service (as Introitus).

When it comes to the church musicians, their main focus is not on how or where the Psalms appear in the Sunday service, but rather on how the Psalms should be sung in the best way. To sing the Psalms properly is seen as a task for those who have a good knowledge about Gregorian chant and a big interest in the Liturgy of the Hours, not necessarily as a task for the congregation as such. When it comes to the music related to the Sunday services the main problem is not if Psalms should be sung or not, but rather how to get the congregation to sing at all. Questions regarding different dimensions of participation become important here.

It is also an interesting point that while the Psalms seem to be less and less frequently used in the Sunday service, they appear to become more and more popular in other types of worship. The revitalization of the Liturgy of the Hours is one example, for instance within the Swedish pilgrimage movement, and the chants from Taizé is another. (Less)
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author
Persson, Josefina LU
supervisor
organization
course
TEOM55 20121
year
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
worship books, Sunday service, Psalms, psalmody, church music, church musicians, Gregorian chant, Introitus, Church of Sweden, Liturgy of the Hours
language
Swedish
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2607455
date added to LUP
2012-06-04 09:25:02
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  abstract     = {During the second half of the 20th century, more possibilities of singing Psalms in the common Sunday service arose in Church of Sweden. The aim of this study is to see in what different ways the Psalms are usually sung and where they appear in the different worship books. I am interested in how this has changed over time, from the 1940s until today. A special focus is also on church musicians and their view of the matter. The latter is studied by means of articles in the journal Kyrkomusikernas tidning between 1986 and 2011.

One of the conclusions I draw is that even though the possibilities of singing Psalms has increased in the latest revised versions of the worship books, the actual use of them in the parishes is diminishing. This goes especially for Psalms sung according to a traditional Gregorian psalmody, usually performed by a choir or a lead singer at the beginning of the service (as Introitus).

When it comes to the church musicians, their main focus is not on how or where the Psalms appear in the Sunday service, but rather on how the Psalms should be sung in the best way. To sing the Psalms properly is seen as a task for those who have a good knowledge about Gregorian chant and a big interest in the Liturgy of the Hours, not necessarily as a task for the congregation as such. When it comes to the music related to the Sunday services the main problem is not if Psalms should be sung or not, but rather how to get the congregation to sing at all. Questions regarding different dimensions of participation become important here.

It is also an interesting point that while the Psalms seem to be less and less frequently used in the Sunday service, they appear to become more and more popular in other types of worship. The revitalization of the Liturgy of the Hours is one example, for instance within the Swedish pilgrimage movement, and the chants from Taizé is another.},
  author       = {Persson, Josefina},
  keyword      = {worship books,Sunday service,Psalms,psalmody,church music,church musicians,Gregorian chant,Introitus,Church of Sweden,Liturgy of the Hours},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Psaltarpsalmen i Svenska kyrkans gudstjänstliv},
  year         = {2012},
}