“Flexible melodies, which could be lengthened or shortened almost at will, had to be used because the number of syllables in one line of a translation of a Psalm might differ greatly from the number of syllables in the next line. Singing was used as a way of projecting the words to the hearers in the days before electronic amplification, because of the joy that music brings and because music was deemed appropriate to the worship of God: Many of the Psalms after all, encourage singing to God.”
Of his opinion about having Evensong at St. Michael’s, Phillips said, “A Christian’s prayer is part of the Church’s prayer, whether he prays by himself or together with others. But I find that when we can gather to offer prayers together, it makes that gift of joy that the theologians speak of to be more clearly perceived.”
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