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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Singing the Triumphal Hymn

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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.

The belief that God became Man and dwells among us in Jesus Christ is at the very heart of Orthodox 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.

Back in 2002 a conference on missions and evangelism with the theme The Gospel in Song: Music, Missions and Evangelism was conducted in Toledo California…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Spirituality Through Song

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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.

I would like to begin this morning recalling several stories from the Holy Scriptures and from Church history that deal with people dedicated to God at a young age. And as we move through this, I really only have one main point, and I think it will be obvious before I even state it.

“It came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son and called his name Samuel saying, Because I have asked for him from the Lord” (Samuel 1:20-28).


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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Music to My Ears

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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.

Five years ago, in 2003, Conciliar Press and Again magazine celebrated it’s twenty-fifth year in publication, and they asked me to write an article reflecting on the musical journey of the former Evangelicals into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. In some ways I don’t really… I play around with words a lot, considering their meaning and their implication. We often referred to, and even referred to ourselves, as former…

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Sanctification of Life: Part 6

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

Continuing in our series on the sanctification of life, and in particular that second group of sacraments, the sacraments of healing, and having discussed the sacrament of repentance, we now move to the sacrament of holy oil or holy unction. I’d like to read what Fr. Alexander says about this sacrament of the Church and then to read a few excerpts from the service itself. Fr. Alexander begins his commentary in the book Liturgy…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Sanctification of Life: Part 5

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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.

We continue in our series on the sanctification of life, having discussed the sacraments of initiation, we move now into the second group of sacraments, that of repentance and holy oil, which deal with healing. In his book, Liturgy and Life, Fr. Alexander says:

We know and experience every day, in spite of our entrance into the joy and peace of the kingdom, that our life, more often…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

The Eucharist Is . . .

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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.

Welcome to a special edition of Singing the Triumphal Hymn, with Father John Finley. While teaching at the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Father John would give his students an assignment toward the end of the quarter, when he taught on the Divine Liturgy. The assignment? List as many as you can, the ways that Father Alexander Schmemann describes the liturgy in Chapter Two of his book, For the Life of the…

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The Eucharist Is . . .

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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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