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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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Latest News from the Department of Sacred Music

Early Bird Registration for Sacred Music Institute Extended

Read Metropolitan JOSEPH'S full letter.

Sacred Music Institute Registration
Youth Music Ministry Registration

Early bird registration for the SMI has been extended to June 8, when the price will increase by $50.00. 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.

Metropolitan JOSEPH writes: "One of the most important of these [summer] gatherings is the Summer Sacred Music Institute from July 11–15, 2018 at the Antiochian Village under the direction of our Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music, Mr. Paul Jabara. This year the Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Thanks be to God we have made great progress over the past 50 years in our liturgical music, making full use of the great talent we have in the Archdiocese." His Eminence has mandated that every parish send one person (preferably the choir director) to the Institute.

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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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