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? Collegeville Institute Resident Scholar 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.
Tuesday November 14th, 2017
Social: 3:30– 4:00 PM in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) Reading Room
Lecture: 4:00– 5:00 PM in the Wallin Classroom
Collegeville Institute Resident Scholar 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.