Dr. Ruth Enns (a musicologist teaching at the Vancouver Academy of Music) spoke on one of the oldest hymns still being sung today, Veni Creator Spiritus (“Come, Creator Spirit”).  Christian hymns are versified songs of praise which grew out of the synagogue tradition.  Jesus sang a hymn at the Last Supper, Paul advised churches to sing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs.  Veni Creator Spiritus was already being sung by the time of the Church Fathers, and is in the style of hymns championed by Augustine. Although the chant version is still sung in monasteries, secular composers have also been inspired by it:  Duruflé, Palestrina, Luther, Frank, Gounod, Hindemith, Penderecki and Mahler (Symphony of a Thousand), and in 1998 Pope John Paul spoke about it in his Pentecost homily. [JEK]

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Worship Team

Speaker: Ruth Enns

Worship Leader: Catherine Cooper

Song Leader: Evan Kreider

Pianist: Ruth Enns

Usher: Ed Epp

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