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Vicars turn to karaoke for churches struggle to muster a choir and organist for services
唱詩班缺琴手 英國牧師改用卡拉OK

Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speaks to Caroline Spencer and vicars Celia Thomson and Clare Edwards in central London, the UK on Nov. 21 last year.
卸任坎特伯雷大主教羅文‧威廉斯去年十一月二十一日於英國倫敦市中心,與卡洛琳‧史班瑟以及兩位牧師賽莉亞‧湯瑪斯與可雷爾‧愛德華茲交談。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Vicars are buying karaoke-like machines to play music during their services to solve the difficulty of finding an organist.

The “electronic hymnals” have a vast repertoire of music and can play anything from traditional Songs Of Praise to a disco version of Amazing Grace.

Church-goers who struggle to remember the words can look up at a big screen displaying the lyrics in time with the music for help — just like real karaoke.

The hymnal is controlled from a small screen in the pulpit or lectern and vicars can pre-program their playlist to match their services.

More adventurous parishes can add their own music from their iPods or MP3 players to the system.

It has already proved exceptionally popular with churches around the country that have struggled to find organists.

Martin Phelps, director of the Surrey-based company Hymn Technology in England, said that the hymnal device is already helping churches to revive flagging congregations.

Many of them have had the same organist for the last 60 years, but when they retire they have no one waiting in the wings to take their place.

(Liberty Times)

為解決琴手招募不易的問題,英國牧師開始購買卡拉OK等設備,用在禮拜儀式上演奏。

這套「電子讚美詩集」羅列了眾多音樂演奏目錄,可以播放各種音樂,從傳統的《讚美詩》到迪斯可版的《天賜恩寵》,無一不包。

到教堂做禮拜的人,如果記歌詞比較吃力,可以參看大螢幕上與音樂同步播出的歌詞,就像真正的卡拉OK一樣。

這本電子詩集是由講壇或誦經台上布置的一個小螢幕控制,牧師可以事先編排好適合在儀式上播放的歌曲列表。

更有進取心的教民還可以將其iPod或MP3播放器中儲存的歌曲加入這一系統中。

在全英國各地為尋找琴手不易而煩惱的教會中,這一做法尤其受歡迎。

位於薩里郡的「聖歌技術公司」主管馬丁‧菲爾普斯表示,這一唱詩設備已經幫助許多教堂重振行將沒落的教堂集會。

「過去六十年來,這些教會中許多都僱用同一批琴手,不過當他們退休時,卻後繼無人。」

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. repertoire n.

曲目;舞碼;劇碼;作品 (qu3 mu4; wu2 ma3; ju4 ma3; zuo4 pin3)

例: Staatsballett Berlin Stars Gala will present a wide range of classical and modern ballet repertoire in Taipei in June.

(《柏林芭蕾巨星饗宴》六月將在台北演出許多古典與現代芭蕾作品。)

2. congregation n.

集會;會眾 (ji2 hui4; hui4 zhong4)

例: The congregation bowed their heads in prayer.

(會眾在一起低頭禱告。)

3. wait in the wings v. phr.

準備就緒;伺機而動 (zhun3 bei4 jiu4 xu4; si4 ji1 er2 dong4)

例: Word has it that Pat will be sacked and Bob is waiting in the wings to take over as manager.

(聽說派特將被革職,並由鮑勃取代經理一職。)


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