Concerning the sacred Ecclesiastical Chant

Beloved in Christ, our Lord has offered us that which is well pleasing to Him. The Cantor, Psaltis, or Psalmist renders unto the Lord what the Holy Spirit has given to the Church to rightly praise and worship our God.

There is no comparison to the majesty and comeliness of the sacred hymns of the Church. In days of old, Kings and queens, Nobles and the wealthy endeavored to adorn the Churches of God with ornate gifts and treasures. The Fathers of the Church and the diving hymnologists have adorned the Church services in the fine tapestries of sacred odes and hymns. Such a rich treasure, such a sacred offering.

 

The hymns lead us in prayer and cause us to closely contemplate the great mystery unfolding in the divine services.

Ponder well the teachings of the Fathers:

“We ought to offer up doxologies to God with fear and a contrite heart, in order that they may be welcome, like fragrant incense.” St. John Chrysostom

“Only brothers, let us please God by singing with attention and a mind wide awake, undistracted by idle talk. For so the psalm invites us: ‘Sing ye wisely for God is the King of all the earth’ (Psalm 46:8). That is, we must sing with our intelligence; not only with the spirit (in the sense of the sound of our voice) but also with our mind. We must think about what we are singing, lest we lose by distracting talk and extraneous thoughts the fruit of our effort. The sound and melody of our singing must be suitably religious. It must not be melodramatic, but a revelation of the true Christianity within” Nicetas of Remeisana

“If they ask you to act as the canonarch of the choir, do not act carelessly or lazily, but thoughtfully and with great attention, as though you were spreading with your voice and hand the divine words to your brethren in front of the King of all, Christ.”
St. Symeon the New Theologian

 

 

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