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O LORD, who never failest to help and govern them who thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love: Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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O GOD, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O LORD, from whom all good things do come: Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Collect

May 12, 2017 — Leave a comment

O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

There are some who take the view that things outside of the Church are able to be redeemed for God’s glory. So rather than condemning contemporary music, they believe we ought to redeem it for God. They use this reasoning in many areas where culture meets the Church from music, technology, movies, etc. There are others who feel contemporary music is only about the feelings and doesn’t uphold the tradition. To me this argument doesn’t hold as much water since if we are truly going to go by tradition why not go further back than hymns and masses? Furthermore if you look at Church music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods you often see the borrowing of melodies between secular music styles and Church music styles. Why? Because people knew the tunes and could participate. There are some who also view that all verses not directly quotable from the Bible and involving instrument accompaniment to not be true Church music.

Personally I think its a silly argument from a musical perspective because the Church has always been using the best composers at the time and latest forms of musical development from polyphony, four-part vocal harmony, key signatures, music forms like cantatas and oratios, etc. Its just a matter of when you want to say enough is enough by drawing the definitive line which differs between Churches and denominations. For me I prefer some good Palestrina or Monteverdi over contemporary Christian but I don’t view contemporary Christian as not Christian.