Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Video .. Orthodoxy 101: Orthodox Music - (coptreal)

Video .. Orthodoxy 101: Orthodox Music - (coptreal): "In continuing the Orthodoxy 101 series, it seems only natural for there to be an article about liturgical chanting. Well, there may not be too much reading as there will be listening. One of the fascinating (and spiritually nourishing) things about Orthodox worship is how it incorporates all the senses: you see the icons, hear the chanting, smell the incense, taste the blessed bread, and hold the candles all while praying and focusing your heart and mind on God.



Orthodox worship is famous for incorporating the entire person, body and soul. Understandably, this can be very physically and emotionally exhausting for a visitor to a Divine Liturgy or other service, but even people who have been Orthodox for years will say that it is still like work for them. After all, liturgy does mean 'work of the people.' Many of the hymns in Orthodox services are very ancient, coming from the early centuries of the Church. Throughout the 2,000 year history of the Orthodox Church many Saints have composed hymns such as St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. Romanus the Melodist and St. Andrew of Crete."

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