Singing the Triumphal Hymn Exploring the Orthodox Faith through Music and Liturgy
Start date: November 2008 58 episodes
The belief that God became Man and dwells among us in Jesus Christ is at the very heart of Christian life and worship. Orthodox worship, therefore, involves the whole person – heart, mind, body and soul. In our services of worship, Christians pray and sing in liturgies that are not of this world. This podcast explores the Orthodox faith through music and liturgy.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|Aug 02, 2012||
Fr. John speaks to the Youth Music Ministry track at the Sacred Music Institute at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. After sharing stories of people dedicated to God at a young age, he reminds attendees that chanters are called by God to proclaim the truth of the Faith.
|Apr 15, 2012||
Fr. John reads chapter five of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Great and Holy Pascha.
|Mar 01, 2012||
Fr. John reads chapter four of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Lent and fasting.
|Jan 06, 2012||
Fr. John reads chapter three of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Theophany and New Year's day at Grandpa Finley's.
|Dec 22, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter two of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Christmases spent at his grandparents' house in Oklahoma.
|Dec 08, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter one of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he describes his childhood visits to his grandfather's house—a place filled with the love of faith, family, and God.
|Nov 10, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter fourteen of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he further explores the symbolism of fish in both the Scriptures and Church tradition.
|Oct 27, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter thirteen of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he draws a number of spiritual lessons from a lifetime spent fishing.
|Oct 13, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter twelve of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he discusses issues related to the tray of wheat that we offer in commemoration of those who have fallen asleep in the Lord.
|Sep 29, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter eleven of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reminds us that olive trees—their leaves, fruit, and especially oil—are manifestations of God's mercy and reconciliation with mankind.
|Sep 15, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter ten of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on wine, marriage, and transformation.
|Sep 01, 2011||
Fr. John reads chapter nine of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Sacred Meals shows us how to build character and pass down family and Christian traditions to our children through eating together at home.
|Dec 13, 2010||
December 13th of 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of the departure from this life of Fr. Alexander Schmemann. In commemoration, Fr. John put together "The Eucharist Is," a poetic compilation of Fr. Alexander's descriptions of Holy Communion. This week's episode is a rerun of that touching and poignant broadcast.
|Dec 02, 2010||
Fr. John discusses the Sacrament of Ordination.
|Oct 29, 2010||
Fr. John continues his series on sanctification of life. This week he discusses the Sacrament of Marriage.
|Oct 20, 2010||
Fr. John continues his series on the sanctification of life. This week he discusses the sacrament of holy oil.
|Oct 14, 2010||
Continuing his series on the sanctification of life, Fr. John discusses the sacrament of repentance. He encourages us to embrace this sacrament and the healing it brings.
|Oct 06, 2010||
Fr. John discusses the sacrament of Chrismation.
|Sep 18, 2010||
Fr. John concludes his discussion of the sacrament of Baptism.
|Sep 13, 2010||
Fr. John discusses the sacrament of baptism.
|Aug 31, 2010||
Fr. John FInley begins a new series, "The Sanctification of Life: A Discussion of the Major Sacraments of the Church."
|Apr 02, 2010||
Fr. John shares portions of St. Nicholai’s sermon on Great Friday. The complete homily can be found in Homilies, Nicholai Velemirovic, Bishop of Ochrid, translated by Mother Maria and published by Lazarica Press.
|Mar 29, 2010||
Fr. John takes a closer look at Holy Week and Pascha.
|Mar 23, 2010||
Fr. John continues his series on "time," focusing here on the Annunciation and the significance of March 25th.
|Feb 21, 2010||
Fr. John Finley presents a tribute to Fr. Jack Sparks, who fell asleep in the Lord on February 8, 2010. Featured is a speech delivered by Fr. Jack at the very first Missions and Evangelism Conference in 1988.
|Dec 13, 2009||
Fr. John presents a lecture by his late pastor, teacher, and spiritual mentor, the Very Reverend J. Richard Ballew. December 13th marks the one-year anniversary of his passing.
|Nov 18, 2009||
Fr. John embarks on an introduction to the season of Advent.
|Nov 12, 2009||
Fr. John introduces the Feast of the Theotokos, paying particular attention to the parallels between Mary and the Church.
|Oct 20, 2009||
Fr. John examines the liturgical cycle of the year, focusing on the Twelve Great Feasts, in particular.
|Sep 23, 2009||
Fr. John examines the cycle of the Orthodox week, as well as the themes associated with each day of the week.
|Sep 19, 2009||
Fr. John explains the significance of the liturgical year.
|Sep 10, 2009||
Fr. John explains how Pentecost is the fulfillment of Pascha and then describes the ways in which Christ has imbued the past, present, and future with a new and joyful meaning.
|Aug 27, 2009||
The Scriptures instruct us to "redeem the time, for the days are evil," but how do we do so? In this introduction to his new series on the sanctification of time, Fr. John explains that it is one thing to remember the dates and times of feasts, but quite another to understand them.
|Apr 24, 2009||
Fr. John concludes his examination of the Divine Liturgy.
|Apr 17, 2009||
Fr. John examines the eucharistic portion of the Divine Liturgy.
|Apr 10, 2009||
Fr. John examines the Thanksgiving portion of the Divine Liturgy
|Apr 03, 2009||
Fr. John examines the shape of the Divine Liturgy following the dismissal of the catechumens.
|Mar 27, 2009||
Before the fourth century, the liturgy was divided into two parts: the Synaxis and the Eucharist. Fr. John examines them both.
|Mar 20, 2009||
Fr. John shares an article originally printed in Again magazine. He envisions the future of American Orthodox music—our responsibilities and the obstacles we face.
|Mar 13, 2009||
Just as our faith was passed down from the Apostles, so is our rule of prayer. The Orthodox worship service IS the words of the Bible.
|Mar 06, 2009||
Fr. Finley explores the historical and Biblical underpinnings of the Divine Liturgy, explaining how early Christian worship was liturgical in nature.
|Feb 27, 2009||
The whole Church lies in the paten that is to be offered to God. Fr. John explains how this is so, as well as what goes into preparing the bread and wine for Holy Communion.
|Feb 20, 2009||
The clergy and the laity can't be opposed to one another, nor can they be confused with one another. Fr. John explains how this principle of orthodox organization is reflected in the priestly vestments.
|Feb 13, 2009||
Fr. John presents his vision for the future of Orthodox Church architecture—one gleaned from the descriptions of heaven found in the Book of Revelation.
|Feb 09, 2009||
What is the purpose behind Orthodox Church architecture? Fr. John offers explanations for everything from the narthex to the altar in a truly fascinating episode of Singing the Triumphal Hymn.
|Feb 02, 2009||
The word Liturgy means the work of the people. As Fr. John continues his study of the Divine Liturgy he concentrates on our role as "laity."
|Jan 25, 2009||
In his continuing series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. John begins an exploration of liturgical formulas and texts. Today he talks about the office of Deacon.
|Jan 18, 2009||
Bowing, standing, candle lighting, and the sign of the cross are all part of Fr. John's Finley's continued look at symbol vs. reality.
|Jan 10, 2009||
All of our senses are engaged in the worship of God but is incense simply symbolic of our prayers rising to God or is it something much deeper?
|Dec 29, 2008||
Fr. John talks about the importance of the Bible in our liturgy and worship.
|Dec 21, 2008||
What is the difference between corporate and individual worship and how are we to participate in the Divine Liturgy? Fr. John Finley explores these questions and more in this episode.
|Dec 14, 2008||
While teaching at St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology back in the '80s and early '90s, Fr. John would give his students an assignment toward the end of the quarter, in which he taught on the Divine Liturgy. The assignment: List as many ways that Fr. Alexander Schmemann describes the Eucharist (or the Liturgy) as you can find in chapter 2 of For the Life of the World. He decided to challenge himself with the assignment, but expanded it to include quotes from Liturgy and Life, as well. The result; a poem entitled "The Eucharist is..." a poetic compilation of quotations from Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.
|Dec 07, 2008||
In his continuing series on education and the Divine Liturgy, Fr. John finds teaching moments for our children in the Sacraments of the Church.
|Nov 30, 2008||
Fr. John continues his lesson on Liturgy and Catechism. We can't teach our children what we do not practice ourselves.
|Nov 24, 2008||
Fr. John explains the difference between head knowledge and enlightenment and the impact of hearing the Scriptures unfolded in their liturgical context in the Church.
|Nov 17, 2008||
What do we mean when we say the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ? Fr. John continues his teaching on a sacramental world view.
|Nov 10, 2008||
Today, Fr. John gets into the meat of his new podcast with the start of a series of lessons on the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to have a sacramental world view and how should that affect the rest of our lives? The 2 referenced books by Fr. Alexander Schmemann can be found HERE.
|Nov 03, 2008||
In his first episode, Fr. John gives us a little background on himself and his musical experiences as written in an article for AGAIN magazine not long ago.