Saturday, December 8, 2018

Broadcast of [Orthodox] Advent Lessons & Carols from Long Island

On Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 PM Central, Ancient Faith Radio, St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary, and Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, NY are happy to present Lessons and Carols. Join us for an evening of carols, hymns, and scripture readings in preparation for the celebration of the Holy Nativity of our Lord. Under the direction of Robin Freeman and Nicholas Reeves, the combined choirs will sing familiar carols and liturgical hymns interspersed with readings from the Old and New Testaments.

https://www.ancientfaith.com/lessons-carols

Monday, December 3, 2018

Advent Lessons & Carols

Our chant group will be joining the choirs and singers of our neighboring churches of St. Thomas of Canterbury (Episcopalian) and St. Andrew (Lutheran) in the rendering of a traditional service of Anglican origin on Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 7:30pm. The service is being hosted by and held at St. Thomas the Apostle.

Hymns will include one of our own:

Come O Come Now Our Redeemer [sheet music (S/A/T/B)]
Recorded performance by the Schola Cantorum of St Peter the Apostle

Other hymns from Western tradition being rehearsed by the joint choirs include:

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Adam Lay Ybounden
Carol of the Advent (People Look East)

Please join us in prayer and fellowship with our Christian neighbors for a wonderful evening featuring Scripture and sacred music!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pascal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

Let all Pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward; let any who came after the third hour be grateful to join in the feast, and those who may have come after the sixth, let them not be afraid of being too late, for the Lord is gracious and He receives the last even as the first.  He gives rest to him who comes on the eleventh hour as well as to him who has toiled since the first: yes, He has pity on the last and He serves the first; He rewards the one and is generous to the other; he repays the deed and praises the effort. 
 
Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord.  You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today.  The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet.  The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry.  All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness. 
 
Let no one grieve over his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed; let no one weep over his sins, for pardon has shone from the grave; let no one fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free: He has destroyed it by enduring it, He has despoiled Hades by going down into its kingdom, He has angered it by allowing it to taste of his flesh. 
 
When Isaiah foresaw all this, he cried out: "O Hades, you have been angered by encountering Him in the nether world."  Hades is angered because frustrated, it is angered because it has been mocked, it is angered because it has been destroyed, it is angered because it has been reduced to naught, it is angered because it is now captive.  It seized a body, and lo! it discovered God; it seized earth, and, behold! it encountered heaven; it seized the visible, and was overcome by the invisible.  
 
death, where is your sting?  O Hades, where is your victory?  Christ is risen and life is freed, Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep.  To Him be glory and power for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Caoineadh na dtrí Muire

In remembrance of a fond Holy & Great Saturday tradition of past days @ Resurrection Smithtown ...


Thank you, Father Jack!