"Oh Happy Day.."
In the 15th century, the monastery was built and used for various purposes, such as as a hospital. Since 1979, the Museum Catharijneconvent, the religious art museum, has been located in a former monastery in downtown Utrecht. The building still breathes the atmosphere of a medieval monastery.
We visited the museum to see the Gospel exhibition: A Musical Journey of Power and Hope, which clarifies the history and development of gospel music. Gospel music has its roots in slavery. The songs gave the enslaved strength through rhythm, hope despite their hardship, and a means to communicate with each other.
The meaning of gospel music did not change after slavery ended. It spread around the globe, and to this day, it still conveys divine inspiration with a message of faith, hope, and love. Also, in the Netherlands!