He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III



Friday, January 30, 2009

"God Is Byzantine"

A friend, who attends an OCA parish, told me about a recent convert and choir member who was complaining about Byzantine chant. You know, it sounds plumb strange, and it seems as if the most nasal rendition is the most highly prized.

The convert was told by another parishioner, "You may want to get used to it. God is Byzantine."

4 comments:

Acolyte4236 said...

That'b be news to the Africans.

Visibilium said...

I'd rather contradict the Africans than a babushka.

margi said...

Babushki need contradicting, it's as good for their souls as anyone else's. Besides, the heavenly choirs sing in Slavonic, don't they?

Visibilium said...

I'm confident that God, in His infinite mercy, will grant us some Znamenny. Am I going too far in asking for a little Obikhod as well?