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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Singing the Triumphal Hymn Archived podcasts are no longer updated. 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.

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Episodes

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Aug 02, 2012

Spirituality Through Song

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.

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Apr 15, 2012

Sacred Meals: Part 11

Fr. John reads chapter five of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Great and Holy Pascha.

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19:37
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Mar 01, 2012

Sacred Meals: Part 10

Fr. John reads chapter four of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Lent and fasting.

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14:31
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Jan 06, 2012

Sacred Meals: Part 9

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.

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8:13
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Dec 22, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 8

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.

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12:31
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Dec 08, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 7

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.

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Nov 10, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 6

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.

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Oct 27, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 5

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.

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Oct 13, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 4

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.

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Sep 29, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 3

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.

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Sep 15, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 2

Fr. John reads chapter ten of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on wine, marriage, and transformation.

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Sep 01, 2011

Sacred Meals: Part 1

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.

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Dec 13, 2010

The Eucharist Is . . .

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.

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Dec 02, 2010

Sanctification of Life: 8

Fr. John discusses the Sacrament of Ordination.

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Oct 29, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 7

Fr. John continues his series on sanctification of life. This week he discusses the Sacrament of Marriage.

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Oct 20, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 6

Fr. John continues his series on the sanctification of life. This week he discusses the sacrament of holy oil.

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Oct 14, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 5

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.

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Oct 06, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 4

Fr. John discusses the sacrament of Chrismation.

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Sep 18, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 3

Fr. John concludes his discussion of the sacrament of Baptism.

24:45
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Sep 13, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part 2

Fr. John discusses the sacrament of baptism.

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Aug 31, 2010

Sanctification of Life: Part I

Fr. John FInley begins a new series, "The Sanctification of Life: A Discussion of the Major Sacraments of the Church."

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Apr 02, 2010

Great and Holy Friday

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.

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Mar 29, 2010

The Sanctification of Time—Part Nine

Fr. John takes a closer look at Holy Week and Pascha.

22:12
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Mar 23, 2010

The Sanctification of Time—Part Eight

Fr. John continues his series on "time," focusing here on the Annunciation and the significance of March 25th.

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Feb 21, 2010

Unchurched, Unrepentant, Uninterested

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.

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Dec 13, 2009

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism

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.

"As much as anything else, evangelism is bringing people to active participation in liturgical worship and prayer." —V. Rev. J. Richard Ballew

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Nov 18, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Seven

Fr. John embarks on an introduction to the season of Advent.

15:35
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Nov 12, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Six

Fr. John introduces the Feast of the Theotokos, paying particular attention to the parallels between Mary and the Church.

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Oct 20, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Five

Fr. John examines the liturgical cycle of the year, focusing on the Twelve Great Feasts, in particular.

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Sep 23, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Four

Fr. John examines the cycle of the Orthodox week, as well as the themes associated with each day of the week.

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Sep 19, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Three

Fr. John explains the significance of the liturgical year.

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Sep 10, 2009

The Sanctification of Time—Part Two

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.

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Aug 27, 2009

The Sanctification of Time

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.

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Apr 24, 2009

Divine Liturgy Conclusion

Fr. John concludes his examination of the Divine Liturgy.

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Apr 17, 2009

Receive the Body of Christ

Fr. John examines the eucharistic portion of the Divine Liturgy.

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Apr 10, 2009

Thanksgiving

Fr. John examines the Thanksgiving portion of the Divine Liturgy

21:42
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Apr 03, 2009

The Liturgy of the Faithful

Fr. John examines the shape of the Divine Liturgy following the dismissal of the catechumens.

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Mar 27, 2009

The Shape of the Liturgy

Before the fourth century, the liturgy was divided into two parts: the Synaxis and the Eucharist. Fr. John examines them both.

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Mar 20, 2009

Authentic Church Music

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.

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Mar 13, 2009

The Orthodox Rule of Prayer

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.

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Mar 06, 2009

The Roots of the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Finley explores the historical and Biblical underpinnings of the Divine Liturgy, explaining how early Christian worship was liturgical in nature.

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Feb 27, 2009

Holy Preparation

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.

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Feb 20, 2009

The Sacred Hierarchy

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.

29:23
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Feb 13, 2009

The Mystical Mystery Tour

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.

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Feb 09, 2009

Church Architecture

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.

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Feb 02, 2009

The Work of the People

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."

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Jan 25, 2009

Let Us Attend!

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.

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Jan 18, 2009

The Physical Side Of Worship

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.

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Jan 10, 2009

Incense, Symbol and Reality

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?

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Dec 29, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 7

Fr. John talks about the importance of the Bible in our liturgy and worship.

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Dec 21, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 6

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.

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Dec 14, 2008

The Eucharist Is . . .

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.

We have just completed the 25th Anniversary of the departure from this life of Fr. Alexander Schemann (d. Dec 13, 1983) and Fr. John would like to dedicate this podcast to Fr. Alexander with this poem, published in the chapter: "Bread Which Strengthens Man's Heart' in Fr. John's book Sacred Meals.

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Dec 07, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 5

In his continuing series on education and the Divine Liturgy, Fr. John finds teaching moments for our children in the Sacraments of the Church.

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Nov 30, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 4

Fr. John continues his lesson on Liturgy and Catechism. We can't teach our children what we do not practice ourselves.

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Nov 24, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 3

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.

25:58
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Nov 17, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 2

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.

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Nov 10, 2008

The Divine Liturgy - Part 1

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.

27:51
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Nov 03, 2008

Music to My Ears

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.

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