Liturgical Hymns. Tone plagal one – Choir of Saint Dimitrios’ church, Thessaloniki

Liturgical Hymns. Tone plagal one – Choir of Saint Dimitrios’ church, Thessaloniki

Saint Dimitrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, occupies a special place in the liturgical tradition of the city. The magnificent basilica, with the Grace-giving relics of the saint, is a source of consolation and blessing. The famous mosaics, the catacombs, and the Byzantine icons in the chapel of Saint Efthymios...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

Whoa, Podner!  What’s this guy doing? I realize this may seem wildly off the track, but bear with me. There is a message in here somewhere.  In this offering, I don’t address the music make-up, the presentation, or the production values. I invite you to peer with me a little deeper...

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The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

As a living continuum of tradition, Byzantine music occupies an important position in the musical past of Veria. Today, gifted singers continue this musical tradition, which is perfectly attuned to the architectural and iconographic decoration of the Byzantine churches of the town. Iordanis Koutsimanis, the Protopsaltis of the church of...

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Sacred and Folk Orthodox Music

Sacred and Folk Orthodox Music

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl031916wv.mp3 “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” ― Johann Sebastian Bach In this edition of Come Receive the Light, we have an Orthodox music pairing; sacred with folk. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Vladimir Morosan whose company...

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New Musical Arrangement for Liturgy Expected in 2016

New Musical Arrangement for Liturgy Expected in 2016

  The Department of Sacred Music, of the Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese, is thrilled to announce Mr. nazo zakkak as their Composer in Residence. nazo stunned the attendees at last summer’s Sacred Music Institute with his beautiful compositions of Antiochian Orthodox church music. The first of nazo’s commissions will be the Divine Liturgy of...

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St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press Unveils New Liturgical Music Book at All-American Council

St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press Unveils New Liturgical Music Book at All-American Council

At this year’s All-American Council in Atlanta, St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press unveiled a limited pre-release draft edition of its forthcoming publication, A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy, compiled and edited by Benedict Sheehan. This is St. Tikhon’s first major music publication in decades, and perhaps its most comprehensive...

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Fighting Childhood Cancer

Fighting Childhood Cancer

The new EIKONA album is out​, and Presvytera Stacey Dorrance is here to talk about their love for sacramental music in a language they understand, and their new CD,​ ​Abundant Mercy, the Polyeleos​. You can find their CD on the OCN Amazon store, or their website www.eikona.com But first, listen...

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Orthodox Music Wins a Grammy!

Orthodox Music Wins a Grammy!

A religious hymn is a great blessing for everyone. It constitutes praise to the Most High, honor for His holy people, worldwide harmony, an eloquent proof of the Church’s unity. It expresses the voice of the Church, its confession. It brings about a complete spiritual uplifting and absolute peace and...

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Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Great Lent is about stepping out of the busyness of life and intentionally entering an arena to battle the passions. We are called to live simply and in stillness. We fast, we give alms, we attend special services . . . but sometimes, it’s hard to enter into the spirit...

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A Christmas Song that Blends East and West

A Christmas Song that Blends East and West

Fr. Ivan Moody is a composer, conductor, and Orthodox priest. Currently Professor of Church Music at the University of Eastern Finland, his compositions have been performed by leading ensembles throughout Europe and the world. One of Fr. Ivan’s more popular Christmas compositions is “The Manger,” which blends Western and Eastern...

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