Chanters Class begins NEXT Wednesday, May 29 at 6pm. Please join us for Liturgical Jazz, a 10-week introductory class on chanting. All you need to bring with you is an open mind, a willingness to make mistakes, and a desire to learn Byzantine Chant.
No previous musical knowledge is required to learn Byzantine Chant (in fact, you may have to unlearn certain aspects of Western music to practice Byzantine chant well). At the end of this 10-week introductory class, you should have a working knowledge of the purpose & terminology of Byzantine Chant, how to pick up any piece of text and melodically pray (or intone), and be ready to chant in your own prayer practice or with your fellow chanters during Liturgical services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this class (which is free, other than the requirement of your time).
Your servant in the risen Christ, John Meese
Please note these services this weekend: PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION OF THESE SERVICES.
Sun, Apr 21 – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am) Entry into Jerusalem (These these services will be held at Agathos Classical School – 1201 Mapleash Ave, Columbia, TN 38401)
Sun, Apr 21 – Bridegroom Matins (6pm) – Holy Week Begins (All Holy Week Services – Sunday evening Bridegroom Matins through Pascha Sunday Agape Vespers will be held at the new building located at 700 Woodland St, Columbia, TN 38401)
Wed, Apr 3 – Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (6:30pm)
Fri, Apr 5 – Small Compline and Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (6:30pm)
Sun, Apr 7 – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am) St. John of the Ladder
(All of these services will be held at Agathos Classical School – 1201 Mapleash Ave, Columbia, TN 38401) To help you better prepare for the services this weekend, you can find more information about the significance of this Sunday (Commemoration of John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder”) at this link: http://ww1.antiochian.org/stjohnoftheladdersunday
Please note these services this week: Wed, Mar 27 – Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (6:30pm) Fri, Mar 29 – Small Compline and Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (6:30pm) Sun, Mar 31 – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am) Veneration of the Cross (All of these services will be held at Agathos Classical School – 1201 Mapleash Ave, Columbia, TN 38401)
To help you better prepare for the service this weekend, you can find an article entitled “The Cross in Our Life” by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH at this link: http://ww1.antiochian.org/node/16716
UPCOMING SERVICES: (Please note these upcoming Lenten and Holy Week services) Wed, Apr 3 – Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (6:30pm) Fri, Apr 5 – Small Compline and Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (6:30pm) Sun, Apr 7 – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am) St. John of the Ladder Fri, Apr 12 – Small Compline and Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (6:30pm) Sun, Apr 14 – Orthros (9am), Typica w/ Reserve Sacrament (10am) St. Mary Egypt Wed, Apr 17 – Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (6:30pm) Sun, Apr 21 – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am) Entry into Jerusalem Sun, Apr 21 – Bridegroom Matins (6pm) – Holy Week Begins Tues, Apr 23 – Holy Unction Service (6:30pm) Thurs, Apr 25 – Holy Thursday – 12 Passion Gospels (6:30pm) Fri, Apr 26 – Holy Friday – Lamentations (6:30pm) Sat, Apr 27 – Rush Procession and Pascha Divine Liturgy (10pm) Sun, Apr 28 – Agape Vespers (4pm)
Oh, Righteous Ancestor of God, Anna, pray for us.
From our Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebration: THE SYNODICON: THE AFFIRMATION OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH “As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ has awarded: thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshiping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all, and accordingly offering them veneration. This is the Faith of the Apostles; this is the Faith of the Fathers; this is the Faith of the Orthodox; this is the Faith which has established the universe!”
For the last 18 months, we’ve been meeting at Agathos Classical School in Columbia. We continue to have a great relationship with the school, and they have been incredibly generous with our use of their space. Without their support, our current momentum would likely not be possible, but we continue to be amazed at the acceptance and growth in this community, thanks be to God (and to the faculty and administrators from Agathos).
In recent months, we’ve begun to test the limits of our use of the Agathos space and so starting in January we began looking for a new, more permanent location we could call our own. It took a concerted group effort of research, deliberation, and negotiation to get to this point, but as of yesterday (March 6th) at 5PM, St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church is now the lease-holder of the 4,000 square foot space at 700 Woodland Street Columbia, TN 38401.
We’ve signed a 5-year lease, with the option to renew, so this is a space which we pray to soon call home for years to come. Before we move into the space, we will need to complete an extensive build-out because currently it’s a large open building that requires some modifications to meet Columbia city codes for our use—but we’re beginning that process immediately.
What This Means For You: 1. We will continue to meet for services at Agathos Classical School until the build-out is completed (likely late April or early May). 2. We will continue to request your prayers for our mission efforts, and an extra prayer for all those working on this build-out. 3. As we near build-out completion, we will keep you updated on our progress and announce our first services in the new building. 4. For any correspondence via mail (including donations), please begin using 700 Woodland St Columbia, TN 38401. 5. If you are able to make any one-time financial contributions to support this building effort, please do.