Hymns of the Church Part 2: Troparion for the Veneration of the Holy Cross

Hymns of the Church Part 2: Troparion for the Veneration of the Holy Cross The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Holy Cross will be celebrated this coming week on September 14, and I would like to address one of the most well-known hymns associated with this feast–the Troparion or Apolytikion: Σῶσον, […]

10-26-2022 Orthodox Study Group with Fr. Simeon

Join us this Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm for Orthodox Study Group with Fr. Simeon: Spiritual Book Study   FULFILLING THE GREAT COMMISSION: MISSIONARY WORK IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH BOTH PAST AND PRESENT   September 20th – November 16th   St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church: Preaching the Gospel, Serving the Needy, A Spiritual […]

Hymns of the Church Part 2: Sticheron for the Veneration of the Cross

Hymns of the Church Part 2: Sticheron for the Veneration of the Cross   Celebrated on 14 September, the Exaltation of the Precious and Holy Cross was one of the greatest solemnities of the yearly cycle of worship at the Constantinopolitan Great Church of Hagia Sophia. The background to this feast us summarized in the […]

16th Annual IOCC Walk the Walk 5k

Click here to join our team or donate! http://support.iocc.org/goto/standrewWe are participating in the Chicago 16th Annual Walk the Walk for IOCC and making my miles matter! We’ll be raising funds to help International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) continue their humanitarian work during these difficult times. Please help us reach my fundraising goal by making a […]

Hymns of the Church Part 1: The Trisagion

Hymns of the Church Part 1: The Trisagion The Trisagion (Greek: Τρισάγιον; English: Thrice Holy) is an ancient Christian hymn that has entered into the Divine Services and prayers of the Orthodox Church in a profound way. The words of this familiar and beloved hymn – ”Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on […]

Praying through Our Hymns Part VI: The Six Types of Orthodox Hymns

Liturgical Singing Praying through Our Hymns Part VI: The Six Types of Orthodox Hymns        Delving into a hymn’s content during a Divine Service is challenging, the hymns go by quickly, and the content may be complex and difficult to grasp. This is why having the texts in our hands and praying them as […]

Part V: Who Sings the Hymns in Divine Worship?

Liturgical Singing  Praying through Our Hymns Part V: Who Sings the Hymns in Divine Worship?        Who sings the hymns in Divine Worship? Church hymns, since the earliest times of Christian worship, have been sung by a combination of singing forces: by a celebrant(s), by a cantor(s) – who is in essence a soloist, […]

Part IV: How Do We Sing (continued)

Liturgical Singing  Praying through Our Hymns Part IV: How Do We Sing (continued)        In the context of how we ought to sing, I would like to address the notion of orderliness in liturgical singing by presenting several quotes: St. Paul says to the Corinthians: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” […]