When man worships God, his worship is two-fold, both spiritual and physical. In this act, man joins the angels and all spiritual creation in the never-ending liturgy of eternal worship since he too is a spiritual being. As partaker and steward of physical creation, man worships on behalf of the physical universe, joining the cosmos in the proclamation of the glory of God (Psalm 19:1-4). What then is a better instrument for God's worship than the voice of the one who represents all creation? For this reason the Orthodox Church worships God using the human voice as its sole musical instrument.
Orthodox Christian hymnography possesses many rich national traditions: Byzantine-Greek, Byzantine-Arab, Russian, Romanian, Georgian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, and so forth. The choir of St. Philip's Antiochian Orthodox Church stands predominantly in the Byzantine-Arab musical tradition, although we often sing hymns using musical settings of other traditions, as well as some contemporary ones. Our language of worship is English.
The adult choir rehearses from early September through mid-June. Check the church calendar for specific scheduling.
- To deepen the faith of the children
- To deepen their understanding and appreciation of the hymns
- To engage them in the liturgical life of the Church, and
- To help them grow as musicians and singers.
Check our calendar for Youth Choir Rehearsal dates.
Click here to listen to our youth choir: Presanctified Liturgy March 21, 2012 (mp3)
(Liturgy begins at 1:45. You may need to turn the volume up.)