The Prelude

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The word prelude derives from the Latin praelludium and means "to play beforehand. " It is a key musical piece in the Entrance. In Protestant worship the prelude refers to the music played before the formal worship begins. This music is often a classical piece or an arrangement of a hymn, anthem, chorale, or other church music, usually performed on the organ. In many contemporary approaches to worship the prelude has been replaced by gathering songs. However, it is possible to sing gathering...


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