Choir Sunday - December 10, 2006


December 10, 2006


TO BE READ FROM THE PULPIT


“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”
(Psalm 103:33-34)
Beloved Clergy, Parish Councils and Faithful of our Archdiocese:

We greet you during this holy season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the flesh, praying that you are all in good health. During this joyous season, we must take time from our busy schedules to honor the choirs and chanters of our parishes. While they are faithful each and every Sunday, feast day, sacrament and other services during the year, all too often, we take them for granted. Therefore, today is the time to thank them for their dedication and service to the church. If we think how dull our services would be without our choirs, especially during special seasons such as this one, we realize the vital part they play in the life of the parish. To realize their importance, one just needs to recall the emissaries who visited Constantinople from Russia in the Tenth Century. After visiting Hagia Sophia Cathedral and hearing the beautiful chanting and liturgy, they reported that they “did not know if they were in heaven or on earth.” As a result, a whole nation was converted to the Orthodox faith.
In appreciation for the tremendous contribution which our choirs make to our parishes we have proclaimed the second Sunday in December as “Choir Sunday,” which falls, this year, on December 10, 2006. Thus, we urge our beloved clergy and parish councils to honor our choirs and chanters on this day by doing something special in their honor.


Your Father in Christ,

Metropolitan PHILIP
Primate
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America