As we draw closer to the opening of the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium, let's take a look back at the 2014 Symposium held on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
Here, in its entirety, is the keynote address presented by Father Sergei Glagolev on June 13, 2014.
The noted priest, musician, and composer who comes from a family of musicians and priests, offered his thoughts and observations based on decades of study and practical experience in the life of the church here in America.
As always, Father Sergei informs and delights us with his joy and passion for singing praises to God.
As a newborn, I didn’t breathe for my first two weeks. Perhaps I just didn’t feel like it, I don’t really know the reason. As a result, I was hooked up to a machine that took all the blood out of my body, oxygenated it, and then put it back in. Thinking about it now, it’s pretty cool. It sounds like something out of Star Trek. It went on for a week or two. The only real human interaction I had during that time was with my dad. He would sit next to the contraption I was isolated in and sing to me. Just sing. Eventually, I came home from the hospital. Home was filled with music. My parents, my dad especially, wou...