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With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America I would like to cordially invite you to attend a Christmas concert entitled, Glory in the Highest, featuring the Archdiocesan Byzantine and Youth Choirs at Carnegie Hall on December 16, 2012, beginning at 6PM. The concert will be for the benefit the ancient church of the Holy Archangels in the Holy Metropolis of Proussa.
The church of the Holy Archangels, or as it is known in Greek, Taxiarches, was built in the 8th century. This is an important church because it is among the oldest ones still standing in this eparchy. During the exchange of populations at the turn of the 20th century and in accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne, this church was confiscated by the Turkish government. Now, almost 100 years later, our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate is in a position to purchase this ancient church back and reopen its doors for all of her faithful. By supporting this concert you will help in this sacred effort.
The concert program will feature a selection of ecclesiastical hymns from the Christmas period performed by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir. The Archdiocesan Youth Choir will perform a number of songs and Greek traditional Kalanda to usher in the Christmas season. This is the second time the Archdiocesan choirs are sharing a stage at Carnegie Hall and just as the first time, it will surely be a night to remember. We wholeheartedly invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening of glorious Christmas music for a most noble cause.
Wishing you every blessing during this Christmas season and the protection of the Holy Archangels upon you and your loved ones, I remain
With deepest respect,
Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos
Director, Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Music