Let’s sing the Creed

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A painting of the Council of Nicea in Sumela Monastery, Turkey

A painting of the Council of Nicea in Sumela Monastery, Turkey

It is often claimed that the Church of England no longer has serious theology. If so, one reason could be a loss of familiarity with the creeds, particularly the Nicene creed. Singing the Creed at the Eucharist should be a high point, and it can be just that if it is well sung to Merbecke, or to the once-popular backdrop of Martin Shaw, which has managed to be both lighthearted and ecstatic. I don't know any musical attitudes to the words of the Common Worship, although Stephen Darlington produced an adaptation by Merbecke that worked well when I was in Christ Church.

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