Metroplitan's Message on Choir Appreciation
Metropolitan's Message on Choir Appreciation
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, God and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, praying that you are all in good health.
During this joyous season, we take the time out of 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 service throughout the year, we too often take them for granted. Today, however, is a day to thank them for their dedication and service to the Church. If we stop for a moment and think how dull our services would be without our choirs, most especially during special seasons such as this one, we realize the importance they play in the life of the parish. Having traveled all over our God-protected Archdiocese, I thank God that wherever I go, I am fortunate to hear beautiful voices singing praises to our Lord.
In appreciation, therefore, for the tremendous contribution which our choirs are making to our parishes, we proclaimed the second Sunday in December as “Choir Sunday” last year. This year, that Sunday falls on December 14, 2003. We thus 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,
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America