Investigation Report on Music for “Pentecost” Mass Ceremony at Church Joseph of Chongqing

Shuang SHEN


Jean Joseph was a missionary of Paris Foreign Mission who came to China in 1838, entered Sichuan surreptitiously in 1840, and prepared for the founding of Church Joseph in Chongqing in 1879. Believing in Saint Joseph as the patron, Church Joseph is the bishop house in the parish, and the main organ of the parish is provided within the church. Located in the prosperous commercial district of Chongqing, Church Joseph is one of the cultural relic protection sites of Chongqing as well as the most ancient Catholic Church in Chongqing. Church Joseph reserves the ceremony of the mass of Catholicism in its entirety. The author finds out from observations that the ceremony music not only holds a dominant position in the ceremony, but also incorporates important Chinese music elements.


Church Joseph; Pentecost; Ceremony music; Catholicism

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