St. Ignatius to host Konevets Quartet concert, Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7pm

By popular demand, the famed KONEVETS QUARTET, from the Konevets Monastery near St. Petersburg, Russia, is returning to the U.S. for a Fall concert tour.

The KONEVETS QUARTET was founded by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire in 1992. Their repertoire includes Russian sacred music, ancient chants, folk songs and imperial regimental songs & marches.  They have toured extensively throughout Europe and N. America, including the US where they have performed with baritone soloist Dmitri Hvorostovsky and basso profundo, Vladimir Miller.

Here are some samples of their music:

 

 

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Monthly Meditation – August/September 2011

“Be mindful, O Lord, of the presbytery, the diaconate in Christ and every priestly orde.”

From the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

We returned yesterday from Chicago and the 50th Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese National Convention.  It was a week which proffered spiritual renewal, the rekindling of old friendships and many good memories.  In particular I am somewhat overwhelmed by the reality of my best friend and brother in Christ, Fr. Anthony Michaels, being elected for consecration to the Holy Episcopate and assigned to serve as auxiliary for our own Midwest Diocese.  [I teased Bishop ANTOUN saying, “You took away my friend and gave me a boss.”  He merely replied, “He’s still your friend!”]

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Monthly Meditation – June/July 2011

“A devout woman once wrote thus, ‘In my own family I try to be as little in the way as possible, satisfied with everything, and never to believe for a moment that any one means unkindly toward me… It all tends to my one aim, forgetfulness of self, in order to please God.’”

From the work GOLD DUST translated by C. M. Younge

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Monthly Meditation – May 2011

(Fr. Patrick’s Pascha Sermon—2011)  

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Christ is Risen!  Let us take a moment to rest on this long beautiful night, which has begun with a few interesting moments.  Wouldn’t you say?  The fire alarm, switching around a couple of hymns, bell ringers forgetting to turn on the microphone, candle cups catching fire; but that’s all okay because this night is not about all those things.  It’s nice when things go well, but more important is our faith in God, our unity in love for one another, and our confession of faith in the Risen Christ.

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Monthly Meditation – April 2011

“Joy, like thanksgiving, is at once a gift and a decision. They are nothing without both. God provides the occasion; we respond by entering. Turning away from the occasion, neither glorifying God nor thanking Him, blinds us to His presence and to the occasion He provides.”

From The Stepstool of Divine Ascent by Rev. Fr. John Konkle

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