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Liturgical music does not have ethnic borders. It does not have ethnic characteristics. It is not Greek, Arabic or Russian. The church fathers did not create ethnic borders for worship. If music lifts you up, if it is a vehicle for prayer—not Western, Eastern, Arabic Greek, Russian or Byzantine— it is church music. +Metropolitan JOSEPH

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Register for the Sacred Music Institute!

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Make your reservations now for the Sacred Music Institute and Youth Music Ministry, July 11–15, 2018 at the Antiochian Village.

The theme is "Music as Vocation: Looking Inward Through Orthodox Hymnography," and the Keynote Speaker is His Grace Bishop ANTHONY, Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest.

Come learn more about Byzantine chant and notation, choral conducting, vocal production and technique, and music theory. Fellowship, food and fun are part of the experience too!

Limited Adult Scholarships and Teen Scholarships are available. The application deadline is June 3.  For more general information please contact Department Chair Paul Jabara at

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Pascha, 2018

Dear Friends,


As Orthodox Christians, we exclaim and sing this greeting jubilantly as we look toward the Feast of Pentecost!

As you reflect on the holy services leading up to Pascha, what comes to mind? For many, it was likely the music. Did it call you to prayer? Did it stir your heart and draw you closer to the resurrected Christ? Did it engage your senses and stay in your mind? Were you driven to sing "Christ is Risen" with the clergy, chanters, and choir? Did you think about the time and efforts that went into bringing these melodies and words to your parish?

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