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Singing as a therapeutic agent in Pentecostal worship

Mookgo S. Kgatle
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 40, No 1 | a1910 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v40i1.1910 | © 2019 Mookgo S. Kgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 July 2018 | Published: 28 March 2019

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Singing has always been part of worship in a Pentecostal spiritual service. However, the role of singing in Pentecostal worship as a therapeutic agent has been under-researched. In order to bridge this research gap, this article is an interdisciplinary study of singing and Pentecostal worship. It seeks to demonstrate that the act of singing is a therapeutic agent in Pentecostal worship. The article will explore singing as a biblical concept to establish its theology. The purpose is to demonstrate that singing is not only part of the liturgy in a Pentecostal worship service but also acts as a therapeutic agent for all sorts of ailments, including spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological ailments.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The importance of this article is twofold; firstly, the article demonstrates that singing plays a pivotal role in Pentecostal worship as much as it did in the Bible. Secondly, the article illustrates that singing is more than a liturgical exercise; it acts as a therapeutic agent in Pentecostal worship.


Pentecostalism; worship; therapy; singing; music


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