On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) fell asleep in the Lord. Father Ephrem was well-known in the English speaking world for his translation work and desire to provide the church with accurate and prayerful liturgical texts which clearly articulated the beauty of our Orthodox Faith.
John Michael Boyer, one of our presenters at the upcoming 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium in Minneapolis, MN shares his thoughts in a reflection on the impact Father Ephrem had on John's training and life as a church musician.
May Father Ephrem's memory be eternal!
I thought about calling him yesterday, but it would have been too l...
The use of sung hymns to open our hearts to God is as ancient as the people of God themselves. In fact, the Book of Psalms is frequently referred to as the hymn book of the church and instructs us to “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;” (Ps 33:1a) and to “Praise in the assembly of his faithful people” (Ps 149:1b). The Psalms even teach us that creation itself praises God for His wonders, “The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints” (Ps 89:5).
We Bless You from the House of the Lord
But the psalmist isn’t suggesting that we praise God, instead the Psalms identify prai...