The Department of Missions and Evangelism

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

PRAISING

Liturgics, Structure, & Ordo

The Department of Missions and Evangelism proposes to work with the Department of Sacred Music to help save souls by strengthening our parishes in praising God in worship. By cosponsoring and conducting local workshops, we can help train chanters, choir directors, and choir singers, as well as working with deacons and priests to match the pitch and sing together to create a seamless and prayerful experience of the Kingdom of God not of this world. The immediate and specific goal would be to raise the level of musical competency to the degree that we can truly meet Christ and experience the mystical power of the Church by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Our musicians don’t necessarily need to become experts, but they need to
become competent enough that they “disappear,” as it were, allowing the presence of the Holy Trinity to “appear” together with all the saints and angels in a divine encounter.

WHAT IS AUTHENTIC ORTHODOX MUSIC?

Illumined Heart - Guest: Fr. John Finley
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May 16, 2008 Length: 31:24

 

You may be surprised by the answer from musicologist, composer, arranger, author and Sacred Music Department Committee member (Antiochian) Fr. John Finley!

 

This is an episode from The Illumined Heart with Kevin Allen, a production of Ancient Faith Radio.

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING

"In the midst of the congregation, I will sing praise to Thee" Heb 2:12

Fr. John Finley shares why we should have congregational, how we can encourage, and some ways that we might be accidentally discouraging it. Included are some audio examples.

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Liturgical Music

 

Congregational singing is an important part of the Orthodox Church. Order your copies of this great liturgical resource from the Antiochian Village Bookstore.

 

The Divine Liturgy for Clergy and Laity contains text and music for congregational participation. 

120 pages 
soft cover, spiral bound 
Third Printing, 2007 
8.5 x 7.25 x 0.3" 
ISBN: none
 

St. Romanos Chanters Training

 

The Saint Romanos Chanters Training Program is designed to teach the Byzantine tones in English as sung in the Antiochian Orthodox tradition.  The course is designed as a self-directed study in Byzantine music using western notation and uses printed music, theory and audio CD’s.

Fr. David Barr is also available if you would like to have a chanting workshop at your parish.

A Program of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid America

Father David Barr, Director

Chanting Samples

 

In this YouTube video series, you can hear how the singing should sound in The Divine Liturgy for Clergy and Laity.

St. Gregory Palamas

"What can I say to those people who, in the Church, neither stand in silence, nor join in the singing, but instead meet one another and mix our reasonable worship of God with worldly chatter? They do not listen themselves to the divinely inspired words, and prevent others who want to listen from doing so... In this house the words of eternal life are both spoken and heard, on the one hand by us, as we beseech God for eternal life with unashamed hope, and on the other hand by God, as He gives eternal life to those who ask with their whole heart and mind."

Sacred Music

Multiple resources are available from the Antiochian Archdiocese. 

 

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