Jane Dawson, Ph.D., tells the audience that Scottish Protestantism was born in song
The psalms were also used as protest songs in the battle between Catholicism and Protestantism. For example, Scottish Protestants sung from the psalms—"Judge and revenge my cause, Oh Lord, from them that evil be"—at the downfall of the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots in 1567.
Singing in church led to the singing of religious songs in the house, which then gave rise to songs sung in private prayers, Dawson said. "Singing helped Protestants to cope with what Peter Marshall has called the 'displacement of Purgatory,'"
she said. "It was a way to deal with the guilt and awareness of sin." Her presentation, "Singing the Reformation," was held on the Lincoln Center campus and was part of the St. Robert Southwell, S.J., Lecture Series
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