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    church service

    Hello, teachers.
    My question is a cultural one. I came across the following passage in a novel.

    ...it was regrettable that many of the prayers in which his(=rector's) own fine voice and personal magnetism must have had a moving effect upon his hearers should be constantly obscured by vain intonations. It was only by doing violence to his own high principles that he constrained himself to accept the emoluments which poor Richard Vinnicomb had provided for a singing foundation,...

    As I am not a Christian, I don't know how the services in church are conducted. Is it customery for singing men or choristers "intone" while the rector is saying a prayer? I tried to find a video in YouTube which shows such a scene, but unfortunately could not find one. Also, is "a singing foundation" just another name of "choir"? I appreciate your help very much.


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    Re: church service

    The practice of liturgy in the Christian church as a whole ranges from the utterly simple to the incredibly complex. From the simplest [spoken only, no music at all], it progresses through spoken with sung hymns; spoken with intoned psalms and sung hymns; chiefly spoken with some parts intoned by the officiating priest and psalm and hymns sung by congregation; Chanted liturgy; full sung Mass.

    However, having tracked down your source, this book refers to the complex changes that took place at the Reformation in England. Previously, the church was Roman Catholic, in which music played an important and vigorous role. One of the factors that led to change was a revulsion against the sung liturgy [which was in Latin, and so not understood by the general populace], and an attempt to make all priests/ministers abandon the use of music.

    Vinnicomb, who was an Abbot, clearly tried to fund a foundation in his [college/monastery/abbey] to encourage and train boys who would form a part of a choir.

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    Re: church service

    Thank you so much for your detailed explanation!! That really helps!!

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