Pentecost: Proclaiming the Faith of the Apostles through Sacred Music

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"And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit..." (Acts 2:2-4)

We are in the season in which we proclaim that Christ Is Risen! But who do we proclaim it to and how do we proclaim it? The answer to that question is in Pentecost. For in Pentecost, we preach the Resurrection of Christ in Tongues of Fire. We raise our voices to all the nations, in diverse tongues. We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our words, in our actions, and in our song. Because it is the Orthodox Christian that best proclaims Christ.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Department of Sacred Music takes the call of Pentecost as our opportunity to share the Church to all people.

The programs of the Department of Sacred Music are intended to provide the best tools to the Orthodox communities in North America, to strengthen our witness of Jesus Christ. Through retreats in our communities, semiannual Institutes, Youth Music Ministry programs, workshops at Diocesan and Archdiocesan events, the Department works to support your proclamation and ministry in the Church.

As we prepare for a busy summer of programs throughout North America, we ask you to make a contribution to our work. Your donation can provide scholarships to help small and Mission parishes send chanters and choir directors to learn from many of the leading church musicians from multiple Orthodox jurisdictions. Your donations can send teens to a spiritually fulfilling experience that has already proven to develop them into the music leaders of both today and the future. Your donations can provide the music that we chant and sing in our parishes, including providing access in our parishes to ancient melodies as well as supporting the development of new composition of Byzantine and choral music here in America and Canada.

The Department of Sacred Music is building for our future and for our today, proclaiming Christ through the music of the Holy Orthodox Church to all people. We ask you to help us in our work.

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