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The Department of Missions and Evangelism

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


Liturgics, Structure, & Ordo

"lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:20

The Department of Missions and Evangelism proposes to work with the Department of Sacred Music to help save souls by strengthening our parishes in praising God in worship. By cosponsoring and conducting local workshops, we can help train chanters, choir directors, and choir singers, as well as working with deacons and priests to match the pitch and sing together to create a seamless and prayerful experience of the Kingdom of God not of this world. The immediate and specific goal would be to raise the level of musical competency to the degree that we can truly meet Christ and experience the mystical power of the Church by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Our musicians don’t necessarily need to become experts, but they need to become competent enough that they “disappear,” as it were, allowing the presence of the Holy Trinity to “appear” together with all the saints and angels in a divine encounter.


a one year plan

A one-year reading plan developed by Richard Bower.


Illumined Heart - Guest: Fr. John Finley
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May 16, 2008 Length: 31:24


You may be surprised by the answer from musicologist, composer, arranger, author and Sacred Music Department Committee member (Antiochian) Fr. John Finley!


This is an episode from The Illumined Heart with Kevin Allen, a production of Ancient Faith Radio.


"In the midst of the congregation, I will sing praise to Thee" Heb 2:12

Fr. John Finley shares why we should have congregational, how we can encourage, and some ways that we might be accidentally discouraging it. Included are some audio examples.


St. Romanos Chanters Training


The Saint Romanos Chanters Training Program is designed to teach the Byzantine tones in English as sung in the Antiochian Orthodox tradition.  The course is designed as a self-directed study in Byzantine music using western notation and uses printed music, theory and audio CD’s.

Fr. David Barr is also available if you would like to have a chanting workshop at your parish.

A Program of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid America

Father David Barr, Director

Chanting Samples


In this YouTube video series, you can hear how the singing should sound in The Divine Liturgy for Clergy and Laity.

Sacred Music

Multiple resources are available from the Antiochian Archdiocese. 


Clergy Wellness


One of the key ingredients for good preaching is a healthy preacher. Healthy includes the spiritual, mental, physical, and relational aspects of our lives. The Dept. has collected some resources to help with clergy and clergy family wellness.



Click HERE for more information.

Clergy Shortage

A message from Fr. Chat Hatfield of St. Vladimir Seminary on the clergy shortage across multiple jurisdictions in North America.


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