Michael Joncas – The Marks of the Church through Music

Attempting to catch up on reading today and ran across this list in Michael Joncas (Catholic theologian) article, “Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!”:Thoughts on Music, Revelation, and Liturgy” in Liturgy Vol.31. In the article Joncas argues that the traditional New Testament marks of the church each have their musical correlate.

  • Evangelical Music – is the counterpart of the church’s kerygma (proclamation). This is the message of the gospel that demands a response and could take on many forms of media (in and out of the church).
  • Catechetical Music – is the counterpart of the church’s didache (teaching). Music can be a powerfully forming source to teach and inculcate the truths of the church.
  • Fellowship Music – is the counterpart of the church’s koinonia (communion). “The proper venue for fellowship music might be any situation in which Christians revel in each other’s presence (common meals, hymn sings, etc).
  • Healing Music – is the counterpart of the church’s diakonia (service). “The proper venue for healing music would be situations engaging the brokenness of the world (hospital, hospice, nursing home, retreat centers, etc).
  • Confrontation Music – is the counterpart of the church martyria (witness). “Thinking through the implications of the goodnews leads Christians to work for justice and singing witness songs can sustain people engaged in protest movements and public marches.”

 

 

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