"I've often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters like sin and judgment. During early November we are focused on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and hell) and November is also Black Catholic History Month. So, this seems like a good time to look at some of the creative lines from different spirituals that articulate these topics."
In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish,
Washington, DC) reflected on how songs like the spirituals are a valuable resource in helping (re)open the
"door to necessary conversations between preacher and congregation,
parents and children" about the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell).
To access Msgr. Pope's complete post, please visit:
Community in Mission: Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals (19 NOV 20)