His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP met with Christopher Holwey, the Chairman of the Archdiocese Department of Sacred Music on June 23, 2006 at the Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey.
The agenda for the meeting included a discussion of the most important goals and objectives for this department, and how they can be achieved.
The following are some of the highlights of the discussion:
Chris shared with the Metropolitan that the Department is currently involved in writing & computerizing all of the music that we need to use in our church services, including all of the music for the Feast Days (major & some minor), the Special Melodies, the Sacraments, the Funeral services, the Troparia for each of the Saints, and music for the children.
Also discussed were possibilities for the future: increasing the number of workshops around each of our Dioceses for priests, chanters, choir directors, and choir members, in addition to our Sacred Music Institutes; helping and supporting new missions with the music and training to get started in learning our Antiochian traditions; and working with our seminarians in learning the music necessary for their ministry in parishes.
The Metropolitan shared with Chris that our Divine Liturgy is to be a joyful and spiritually rewarding experience, and our music and direction of that music needs to bring about that joy and presence of the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is very important that all communities in the Archdiocese make use of the Byzantine Music Project (By Basil Kazan) for the chanting of all services. This significant work is available for Vespers and Matins, and for the Pentecostarion, Triodion, and Menaion. Please contact the Archdiocese Publications Department for more information.
We encourage all those who have the ability to write and compose music for our church services to do so, but we need to have all of that music brought through the Department for approval before it is used officially in parishes and put up on parish or Diocesan web sites.
More information can be found on the website for the Department of Sacred Music http://www.antiochian.org/music
Pictured above (from left to right), His Grace Bishop ANTOUN, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, Christopher Holwey, Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music. The photo was taken at the Archdiocese Headquarters on June 23, 2006 following a meeting to discuss the priorities for the Department of Sacred Music.