"O felix culpa..." Death and Resurrection in Church Music

Robert D. Hawkins

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1991

Issue: Death and Resurrection (Vol. 11, No 1, Winter, 1991)

Certainly the church struggles to proclaim faithfully the Lord of life, yet it bears the responsibility to care for the sick, the troubled, and the dying. Two trajectories of faith emerge: the confidence that the dead do sleep in Christ, and the recognition and accountability of the brokenness we share in our lives. Authentic music of the church must express this tension, too, or it has not served the gospel. The “trumpet of salvation” announces “the victory of so great a king,” but the “day of wrath and mourning” as well.

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