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The implications of music in the liturgical life of the Church

November 10th, 2011 6 Comments

I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.(Ps 146:2)

Like with any of the other arts employed by the Orthodox Church in its worship, the music does not serve a purpose in itself. Once used in Church the music drops its role as simply embellishing the services and it is elevated to convey, on a deeper level, the meaning of the prayer contained in the hymns of the church and make them resonate with our souls through its melodies. Great saints of the Church, like John Damascene, Ephraim the Syrian, Roman the Melodios, Andrew of Crete, Joseph the Hymnographer, Kosmas the Poet, John Koukouzelis and many others, have carefully matched the meter of… Continue reading

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’s Mirror – Stop doing what you think you should be doing">Tarkovskys Mirror – Stop doing what you think you should be doing

February 27th, 2009 No Comments

tarkovskyThe "Mirror", the fourth film in Tarkovsky's line-up of 7 cinematographic wonders,  is not made for the casual observer. It has no classic plot, it is anchored in a society that is far, far away, and most of all has no happy ending.

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’ve seen">One of the best movies Ive seen

December 18th, 2008 No Comments

Since next week due to Christmas services schedule we are not going to have our monthly Film Dialogues I thought about reminding you of a movie that we've seen about an year ago that I think we need to see over and over as refresher. The movie, for those that haven't seen it yet, is about a man that becomes a monk...

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