:: Title :: Interview with Bessie Jones about Holiness Church services
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Lomax, Alan
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones V 9/61
:: Date :: 9/28/1961
:: Reference Information :: T954.1, Track 9 (00:23:30)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The sixth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Jones explains the typical Holiness Church service, which begins with singing without a leader - unlike the Baptist service, which begins with a hymn led by a deacon. In the Holiness Church, hymn books are not used, and the congregation sings sprituals and lining-out hymns. After the opening songs the service continues with prayer at the altar, followed by the scripture lesson, which may be read equally by anyone among the church family and visitors. Only after the reading does the preacher begin to take a leading role. Jones and Lomax discuss this organizational format. Jones says that a Holiness preacher is a vessel of the spirit of God. She believes that preaching from a written sermon precludes spontaneous interaction with God.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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