This thesis treats the following four concerns:
1. It analyzes several funeral hymns from two major hymnals
(1964, 2009) of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. The background serves as a bridge, using the music of the funeral rite to understand how to apply church music.
2. In the process of my research, I found only a limited number of
materials. I tried to find out more about the rule book of the Faith and Order Committee of the PCT. This research gave me a new understanding of the use of hymnody in the Church. In particular, I gained more insight into the history of the funeral rite of the PCT in relation to Taiwanese culture and the theological context of interpretation.
3. I argue that the hymanls’ thanatology offers a new persective on
the eternal life described in Christianity. These hymns show us the significance of life and death. The ineffable words of the hymn bring new meaning to human existence. For lay people, the hymns’ lyrics express Jesus Christ’s promise of eternal life, and the hymns’ lyrics show praise, confession, and response to God.
4. I try to approach the funeral liturgy from historical, cultural and
hymnological aspects, in the hopes that such research and analysis will serve as a reference for pastors in PCT and the church in Taiwan.