The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has designated the Sunday following the commemoration of Saint Romanus the Melodist (October 1) as “Church Musician Sunday.” This new yearly designation, beginning on Sunday, October 2, 2022, will highlight the essential role of liturgical music in Orthodox Christian worship and the important role of church musicians in the life of the Church. Parishes are encouraged to recognize those who serve in the various roles involved in Church music: choir directors, singers, chanters, readers, composers, arrangers, and bell-ringers, through a public acknowledgment following the Divine Liturgy. Additionally, parishioners and parish leaders are strongly encouraged to consider the many essential responsibilities of those who lead the musical responses during the Divine services. To assist in this regard, thoughtful articles will be posted during the week of September 25 about the appropriate preparation, education, and remuneration of choir directors, as well as general articles about liturgical music.
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