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HMML Lecture: An Ecumenical Hymnal in the Eastern Church: A Window into Popular Theology

November 7, 2017
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DATE: Tuesday, November 14
Reception: 3:30-4pm; Lecture: 4-5pm

The Byzantine Liturgy is a feast of songs, as chanters, choirs, and the people offer God praise by singing from the beginning to the end. The feast of doxology is also catechetical: the liturgical hymns echo the preaching of the Greek fathers. Why, then, did the Church receive a tradition of popular singing and inscribe it in a series of hymnals that traveled throughout Eastern Europe? Nicholas Denysenko explains the vitality of the popular hymnal and its unique theology by presenting examples from НТШ 353, an early twentieth-century hymnal from the Stefanyk National Library in L’viv, Ukraine.     

About Nicholas Denysenko: Nicholas Denysenko is Elfrieda and Emil Jochum professor and chair at Valparaiso University. A graduate of St. Vladimir’s orthodox theological seminary (M.Div., 2000) and the Catholic university of America (Ph.D., 2008), Denysenko specializes in liturgical theology and orthodox Christianity. He is the author of four books and, in his research; Denysenko explores the intersections of liturgical history, ritual studies, and pastoral theology, and writes for an ecumenical audience. He is a deacon of the Orthodox Church in America, diocese of the Midwest, since 2003.