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Reflection on Hymnody with Jeremy Rawlings

Reflection on Hymnody with Jeremy Rawlings

Sundays 18 February, 25 March, 3 March 10 March 17 March, 11:45am-1:00pm in Exeter Cathedral’s Richard Eyre Room

Many of us will have sung hundreds of hymns in our lives and will no doubt have favourites, but how often have you stopped to think about the words, the music, the circumstances of its creation, or considered how the text of the hymn sits within our liturgy?

Hymns or faith songs are an important part of our worship, particularly in a choral tradition, and provide a valuable opportunity to engage with our faith and spirituality at a very personal level.

These sessions are designed to provide a closer look at five hymns with a seasonal feel. We will not just be looking at ‘traditional’ Lenten hymns but others which fit within the theme.

We will use the music and the words to reflect on our understanding of our relationship with Christ. It will be an opportunity not only to reflect on the season of Lent but also to deepen our own prayer practice in a journey of the heart.

About Jeremy Rawlings

Jeremy studied music at Exeter University, graduating with a BMus in composition and conducting. Music has played a big part in his spiritual life ever since, having worked as a Master of Choristers for a school chapel who sang Evensong, broadcast and recorded CDs. Jeremy worships principally at Exeter Cathedral and you will see him in a variety of roles due to his membership of the Serving team, the intercessor/readers team and as a Eucharistic Assistant. Jeremy is currently discerning his vocation and is undertaking Stage 1 of the National Process in March. Jeremy has a passion for liturgical music, hymns in particular, and especially the texts which can so easily be overlooked.

If you would like more information, please contact Jeremy Rawlings via email.