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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Once again, our limitations become our greatest resource. Early in 2020, the Department of Sacred Music relaunched our Facebook group and email services in preparation for providing you with more content. We started in July with our Virtual Sacred Music Institute, followed in August with our advanced chant session on the Doxastikon for the feast of the Dormition. Now we are announcing a weekly calendar with a mix of live sessions and recorded sessions with live chat. We have stand-alone sessions and multi-session series. We have something for everyone: everything from western music theory to…

Source: Acton Institute BY BRUCE EDWARD WALKER Sacred music is not only a devotional exercise composed and performed to honor our Creator but also a bulwark against human sinfulness and frailties. Composer Arvo Pärt has been creating music of faith that inspires while at the same time subverts several of the most oppressive systems of government of the past century. The composer’s lifelong development as a professional composer also led him to a deeper faith. He converted to Orthodox Christianity in 1972. Theologian Peter Bouteneff observed that Pärt is frequently connected with the sacred life. “Although the composer’s religious affiliation is…