Tag Archives: Chant
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Do You Know What You Are Saying?

​I remember describing my first experience in a praise/worship service in the Protestant tradition.  I remember texting my mom, as this happened at the college I was attending as a freshmen, and describing it as being “bizarre, not good nor bad, just bizarre.” It was culture shock, something I never have experienced before as an Orthodox Christian.  It […]

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Orthodox Music: Byzantine Chant

Learn to chant, so that you may experience the sweetness of the work,  for those who chant are filled with the Holy Spirit. – St. John Chrysostom The history of the Greek Orthodox Church can be described as a history of prayer through song. Following the ancient Greek philosophers, the Fathers of the Church recognized […]

Dn. Teo leads the children of St. Herman's Orthodox School in chanting at a hierarchical liturgy at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Allston, MA

Orthodox Music: On Music and Silence

How can music improve our worship? One of the most wonderful movies about Orthodox prayer is The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, a documentary made by Fr. John McGuckin and Dr. Norris J. Chumley. It depicts the journey of two men who, following an ancient example of a monk, go from the Egyptian desert and […]