Byzantine Choir at Sixth Annual Symposium of Romanian Orthodox Spirituality
Recorded Saturday April 13, 2013 at Trinity College (University of Toronto)
Sixth Annual Symposium of Romanian Orthodox Spirituality:
Topic: STS EMPERORS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN AND THEIR LEGACY.
Christian Faith in the new context of freedom. Church's transformative dynamic between social responsibility and Christian commitment.
+ Introduction by HG Ioan Casian of Vicina and Rev. Dean D. Neelands
+ Rev. Dr. Robert J. Barringer Personal Reflections on Fr Dumitru Staniloae and on the Meaning of his Life and Work for Roman Catholicism
+ Rev. Dr. Dragos Giulea Re-Envisioning Communion and Truth after Volf-Zizioulas Dispute
+ Maria Simakova Theological Truth-Telling in Post-Imperial World
+ 1st Q&A
+ Prof. Lucian Turcescu Between Seperation and Establishment: Church-State Relations in Eastern Europe?
+ Prof. Maria-Fotini Polidoulis Kapsalis The Effects of the Edict of Milan on Christian Suffering and on the Rise of Monasticism
+ Prof. David Wagschal Orthodox Canon Law in a Post-Constantinian World: Problems and Prospects
+ 2nd Q&A
+ Prof. Richard Schneider Constantine without Eusebius: What understanding of Christian Faith is shown by his pragmatic actions - laws, church, building, etc. - and what are the consequences for Orthodox Ecclesiology?
+ Prof. Adriana Bara Byzantium after Byzantium in the Sixteenth Century Maldavia
+ 3rd Q&A
+ Byzantine Choir
The symposium has been intended to propose to the public the most viable, actual and inspiring ideas of the Orthodox thinking via two venues: (1) conferences held by the well-known hierarchs, theologians and professors in North - America and not only; (2) papers written by the younger theologians able to bring foreword their dynamic, creative and fresh spirit. We hoped that this initiative will give a push at the creation of a Christian orthodox forum, open to all, able to propose in a flexible, coherent and genuine way ideas for future solutions from an Orthodox Christian standpoint to the multiple challenges the contemporary society is confronted to.
From the outset the symposium has been designed to become: (a) a forum able to build a modern, coherent and consistent Christian Orthodox vision; (b) to bring a present witness to those who look for spiritual and intellectual resourcing while addressing some of the above mentioned challenges. Every year we chose a topic we thought relevant for the contemporary debates.
The organization of the symposium has been based on the idea of partnership: our Archdiocese (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas) and a University. We sponsored the event while involving guest
- speakers from various theological departments. This has been the way in which we understood to promote collaboration and dialogue between institutions at different levels.
Last but not least we hope in this way to partially overcome the gap which separates since some time the academic theology with its relevant achievements and the Church's life. We are convinced that from this collaboration both of them, Church and University, will result enriched: (1) the academic theology will be lighted up through the living instinct and experience of the Church's life; (2) the Church will discern better the historical context of its own faith and tradition.
This will allow us to strengthen and affirm the already emerging Orthodox Christian leadership in North - America and not only, setting us in a position of continuity with the patristic thinking and the newer theological tradition of 20th century.
Short thematic history and participants:
2008: Transfiguration in Christ (Union Theological Seminary - Columbia University, New York)
2009: The Cappadocians. Theology and Spirituality for 21st century (Concordia University, Montreal)
2010: Nicaea and Constantinople - a confession of faith - witness and source of unity (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota)
2011: The Sacraments - ways of sanctification (Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute - St. Paul University, Ottawa)
2012: The Sacrament of Anointing and the Care of the Sick (Hellenic College Holy Cross - Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Boston)
Among the most well-known guest - speakers we had until now we can number Metropolitan Seraphim Joanta of Germany, prof. John McGuckin, prof. Charles Kannegiesser, prof. Pamela Bright, prof. Lucian Turcescu, prof. Peter Galadza, prof. Paul Meyendorff and other young intellectuals.
Agni Parthene - Valaam Brethren Choir
Hymn for Mother of God of St.Nectarius of Aegina in church-slavonic.
St.Sergius & Herman of Valaam church.
Valaam. Russia. 1998.
Album The Northern Athos. 1995.
Гимн Божией Матере прп. Нектария Эгинского на церковно-славянском языке.
Храм прпп. Сергия и Германа Валаамских.
Валаам. Россия. 1998 г.
Альбом Северный Афон. 1995 г.
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Chant of Constantinople more commonly known as Byzantine Chant is the sacred chant of the Orthodox churches in the former lands of the eastern Roman Empire and many of their ecclesiastical offshoots beyond those areas. This tradition, encompassing the Greek-speaking world, developed in Byzantium. It is undeniably of composite origin, drawing on the artistic and technical productions of the classical age, on Jewish music, and inspired by the monophonic vocal music that evolved in the early Christian cities of Alexandria, Antioch, and Ephesus. In the Orthodox Church today, many churches use Byzantine Chant as their primary musical tradition, including the Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, and Albania.
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