Friday, August 08, 2014

Byzantine Chant and Mission

At the beginning of July, I was asked to speak at the first international conference for the academic study of Byzantine chant, which was held here in Volos. Over 60 speakers spoke on a wide array of topics related to the interdisciplinary study of Byzantine music. I was asked to speak on chant's connection with my field of alleged specialty, mission. All the papers were recorded and published on YouTube. Here's mine (don't worry -- it's in English).

Monday, August 04, 2014

Feast Day Liturgy - 1 July 2014

At long, long last, here are the photos from our feast day Liturgy for the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian back on July 1. Our bishop, Metropolitan Ignatios, was supposed to come, but he fell ill with a bad cold and was unable. So we celebrated Liturgy with two archimandrites and my friend, Dn. Gabriel.

The was a great group of friends chanting together for the Liturgy.

Here we are the Little Entrance.

Blessing the reader of the epistle.

The deacon prepares to read the Gospel from the bishop's throne.

Pelagia's sister, Kh. Makrina, was visiting, along with her son Symeon, who, despite not knowing Greek, very ably assisted in the altar. Here he is leading the procession for the Great Entrance.

Fr. Athanasios giving the homily.

At the end of the Liturgy, we also blessed the water for the first of the month.

Having begun at 7:00, we ended around 11:00, and then enjoyed sitting outside with some refreshments.

For more photos, click here.

Και του χρόνου!