Pastoral Letter September 30, 2018

A Thank You Note…

Dear Choir, Chanters and Singers of Hymns,

I just wanted to send this note of appreciation to let you know how much I value your prayerful preparation, unassuming sacrifice and the sharing of your talents, as you sing God’s praises in the midst of our precious congregation.

Next Monday, October 1st is the celebration of St. Romanos the Melodist, the patron saint of Orthodox Church Musicians. Though there have been many hymnographers who have dedicated themselves to articulating the sacred theology and doctrine of our ancient, Orthodox Christian Faith, St. Romanos stands out for his righteousness, humility, miraculous abilities and prolific writing. He penned, through God’s inspiration, well over 1,000 hymns in throughout his ministry of song.

But without you; our choir and our chanters, the work of St. Romanos would be relegated to a museum or dusty library. You bring to life his precious work. Through your collective voice, you lift words from the page, and place them in the ears and hearts of worshipers.

You transform text into inspiration. You allow us to communicate with angles. You guide us, you lead us, and you encourage us to sing out…and our parishioners join you, as best they can.

Since the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Romanos is elevated as “Church Musician Sunday,” this coming Sunday is a day that is prayerfully dedicated to you.

We will graciously and thankfully pray for you. And of course, those very prayers will be carried to the throne of God upon the chariot that is fashioned by the wave of your collective voice.

God has placed the gift of music in your hearts. And unselfishly, you share that gift with us, as you profess His glory.

Thank you for your commitment and thank you for your love of the Lord. Thank you for the music you provide. I remain,

With Love in Christ,

Fr. Anthony
On Behalf of our St. Anna Parish