“Preaching and Singing God’s Word: A Ministerial Partnership” — Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, 2013 Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics

On February 8th, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas presented a lecture, “Preaching and Singing God’s Word: A Ministerial Partnership” at the University of Notre Dame as part of the Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics. I was fortunate to be able to attend the evening’s Mass and lecture, and share the following notes. 

Lecture Notes:

Central theme — a plea to clerical preachers/presiders and church musicians to form a covenant (truce or brit) with the following ten precepts.

  1. Coordinate ministerial plans (i.e. communicate early and openly about choices of lectionary texts, liturgical texts, prayers, special blessings, etc.).
  2. Do not be the cause of violations of conscience (i.e. Priests, do not attempt to change out a hymn that was carefully selected for the liturgical setting for an insignificant reason. Musicians, do not select music that is clearly inappropriate for Mass).
  3. Appreciate the music of spoken language.
  4. Allow music to illuminate an event.
  5. Examine musical forms to potential structure some sermons.
  6. Engage in preaching inspired by the presidential texts.
  7. Engage in preaching inspired by the communal liturgical prayers (i.e. Kyrie, Gloria, Profession of Faith, Sanctus, Agnus Dei).
  8. Explore using “hymns of the day” (a Lutheran custom).
  9. Evaluate regularly and systematically (evaluate the preaching, music, flow of service, etc. from the perspectives of ministry team and people in the pews from different demographics).
  10. Nurture ministerial spirituality of both clergy and musicians.
Fr. Jan Michael Joncas (http://www.stthomas.edu/news/2012/11/05/theologian-author-composer-joncas-artist-residence/)

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