St Birgitta, Max Weber and Charisma

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

How can organisations like monasteries exist for hundreds of years? What gives them their identity and what makes them find legimitacy through the centuries? Can Max Weber’s conception of charisma help us understanding for example an Order such as the Birgittines and their founder Saint Birgitta?


Invitatory antiphons as an example towards a new look at Birgittine chant

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

I just finished an article on invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine liturgy, which I wrote about in an earlier blogpost. So I will this time post the summary of the study, comments are more than welcome. So, a blogpost for true nerds.


A Newly Discovered Birgittine Antiphonal in Linköping

Friday, March 10th, 2017

During my Birgittine adventures I learnt some time ago about a Dutch Birgittine antiphonal now in the library in Linköping. Last week I finally had the chance to see it!


Birgittine Manuscripts from Vadstena Revisited

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The C- collection at Uppsala University library holds what remains of the abbey library in Vadstena, among them quite a number of notated liturgical manuscripts. A visit this week to the manuscript collection made me reflect on how the Vadstena books are structured in relation to books from other Birgittine abbeys. (more…)

A Note on Successful Applications

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

This blogpost will not be on Gregorian chant or the Birgittines, at least not explicitly. Last week I was asked to present to my colleagues some strategies for successful research applications since I have been granted a few of these. So here is my list…. (more…)

On the Day of St Sigfrid – the Apostle of Värend

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Today is the feast day of St Sigfrid, the apostle of Värend why I thought it appropriate with a short blogpost on his Office.

Not much is known about the historical figure Sigfrid, being one of several missionaries coming to Christianize Scandinavia 11th century. He eventually ended up in the region of Värend, possibly invited by the Swedish king. Tradition proclaims him as the first bishop of the diocese of Växjö. (more…)

More on Invitatory Antiphons and Candlemas

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

My adventures in the world of (Birgittine) invitatory antiphons continues. But it is also Candlemass today which will be highlighted with some beautiful 18th century square notation! (more…)

A few Thoughts on Invitatory Antiphons

Sunday, January 29th, 2017


I will devote a few blogposts to the invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine Order, which I have been working on for a while now. The result is far from a story by Dan Brown but nevertheless quite interesting. Here a few words on this while an article gets ready for publication…


Teaching Chant to Benedictines – quite overwhelming

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

This blogpost is written from the Benedictine abbey Mariavall ( Me and my colleague Pia Bygdéus here at LNU have been invited to work with the sisters for a few days on liturgical (Gregorian) song and the art of liberating the voice. It is difficult to express in words how meaningful this work has been and how much this has made us reflecting on for example what it means to be able to sing and how groups can encourage and diminish the forces within it. (more…)

Recently discovered Birgittine manuscripts in danger!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Welcome to my blog! I will here write about my ongoing research on chant in the Birgittine Order in my research project ‘The Musical World of the Birgittine –Order’.