Can hymn singing during liturgy affect the worshipping community’s life in the world? This paper proposes that singing the hymn Christ, Be Our Light by Bernadette Farrell during the liturgy of the Feast of the Epiphany can help transform the hearts of the worshipping community and compel its members to the social action highlighted in the hymn. An examination of the theology of the Feast through the lens of its proper prayers, a theological and literary analysis of the lyrics and analysis of the musical setting of the hymn reveal a strong connection between hymn and Feast. A theology of hymn singing influenced by Martin Heidegger, Don Saliers, and others is presented, affirming the transformational power of congregational hymn singing.
Racine, Marie T. OSB. 2021. Christ, Be Our Light: An Epiphany Encounter. Obsculta 14, (1) : 28-47. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol14/iss1/6.