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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY

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Nativity Greetings from Protopsalti John

Re: DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP - Protopsaltis' Christmas Greeting

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John Peter E Presson

Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 8:33 AM
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Your Eminence, Your Grace, Rev’d Fathers, Fellow Psaltai and lovers of Byzantine music-

I am sharing for your enjoyment, the link to the 9 Lessons and Carols of Christmas from Kings College Cambridge.  It’s not Byzantine Music, but full of the joy of season of Christmas-tude, and in my opinion (you will forgive my Dickensonian sentimentality), no one does Christmas quite the English.  I know -shocking of me!

Our Holy Mother Church celebrates Christmas with hours and hours of the richest liturgical hymnody infused with the most profound, which many of us have chanted year after year, which bespeaks not only as the Babe in the manger, but the “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God”, chanted, in many of our parishes in the richest Byzantine melodies.  

The past year,  as a few may be aware, I have suffered the loss of a secular post of 21 years to computer technology, (I am actively working as a temporary clerk in a Native American clinic), but in the midst of these trying times, I have gained two diligent students, who have been a blessing -I have carved out time for more.  I am working on developing a website, to facilitate more students.  

We celebrate Christmas, which has been described by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, not only as a liturgical solemnity, but as a “festival the home”.  May you all have peace and happiness in your homes, as they may be.  I wish you, my brothers and sisters in the Psaltic Arts all good strength and good voice in the services ahead & I pray, unworthily as it may be, that the coming year be one of blessed increase for us in the Psaltic Art.  Most of all I wish you a Happy Christmas.

I leave you, in closing, the recording of hymns of Christmas by one of my favourite liturgical choirs, the Greek Byzantine Choir.


HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ!
счастливого Рождества
عيد الميلاد سعيد
John Peter Presson, Dip. Theo. (HC)
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna and Portland (GOC)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna distanti est, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica
protopsalti@me.com


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