The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe

Andreas Loewe is Dean of Melbourne and is responsible for the worship, mission and life of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Melbourne and Anglican Province of Victoria. He is passionate about people, and prays that the Cathedral may be a place where many can experience the transforming love of God.

Andreas’ academic research centres on theology, as well as ecclesiastical and music history. He enjoys thinking about the Bible and Theology and in particular the way in which Scripture can be communicated through music. He has published widely in the fields of ecclesiastical history and music.

He is a Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prior to coming to St Paul’s Cathedral, Andreas was Senior Chaplain of Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, and Gavan Senior Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College Theological School, the University of Divinity, where he taught undergraduates and graduates, and mentored students preparing for Anglican ministry.

He is a member of the Council of the Diocese of Melbourne, the Council of the University of Divinity, the Council of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, and a Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation.

More About Andreas's Session - The Spirituality of Johann Sebastian Bach

‘O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe’ (O Eternal fire, O Fountain of Love, Cantata BWV 34): God’s Spirit in the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

When German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach completed his Clavier-Übung, he dedicated it to all ‘lovers of music’ in the hope that it would provide them with ‘refreshment of mind’ (Gemüths-Ergötzung). This program of providing ‘spiritual enjoyment’ through music reflects Bach’s overall intent. Particularly in his sacred works, the composer encourages his listeners to become themselves participants in the story of salvation. Drawing on Bach’s Cantata for the Feast of Pentecost 1740, this lecture reflects on how Bach gave expression to the concept of the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit through his music. A musical and theological examination of the libretto and score of Bach’s Cantata will reflect on how the composer sought to lead his hearers to make their own the prayer contained in the opening chorale, ‘we long, O Highest, to become your temple’, and thus enable them to share fully in the spiritual practice of the Lutheran reformation.