Autumn in New England brought more than leaf-peeping to New Britain, CT, over the weekend of October 8-10, 2021. The Eastern Diocese’s Sacred Music Council led a jam-packed “Sacred Music Festival” over those three days.
Clergy, choristers, organists, and altar servers from across the Eastern Diocese gathered in-person at New Britain’s Holy Resurrection Church to share, learn, and collaborate on various topics related to the Sacred Music of the Armenian Church. The camaraderie was palpable throughout the weekend, as participants gathered for earnest vespers and matins, shared meals, and music.
Under the theme “Holy Translators: Christ in a New Key,” the festival included enlightening sessions on sacred music history from Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan and Dn. Rubik Mailian; Fr. Arshen Aivazian’s thoughtful discussion on the Armenian lectionary; roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on workshops at the organ and in the choir loft by Diocesan Sacred Music Instructor Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian; a talk on youth participation led by Linda Bullock; and an altar servers workshop in the vestry led by Holy Resurrection pastor Fr. Haroutiun Sabounjian.
These formal sessions were punctuated by informal gatherings and discussions–including a casual fellowship sing-along led by Fr. Vart Gyozalyan.
Watch the Recorded Presentations
The Diocese’s Sacred Music Festival culminated in a joyous Sunday badarak celebrated by Bishop Daniel, with other clergy assisting, and glorious music rendered by altar servers and choir singers from around the Eastern Diocese.
The shared experiences of the weekend–especially after the isolation of the pandemic lockdown–had an inspirational effect on all the participants, who enjoyed the festival’s spirit of collaboration in a common interest, shared learning, and dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ and his church.
For those unable to attend the Sacred Music Festival in person, the major presentations have been recorded and are available at the links below.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO:
- VIEW a gallery of photos.
- WATCH a recording of Bishop Daniel’s keynote address.
- SEE THE PLAYLIST of presentations on the Sacred Music Council’s YouTube page.
By Elisa Griego