April 20, 2014

Zenit Highlights on Met. Hilarion Talk

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WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 11, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Music can lead people to discover the astonishing appeal of the Man behind Christianity -- that is, of Jesus Christ himself, according to Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev. The chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate affirmed this Wednesday when he spoke at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. Metropolitan Alfeyev is himself an accomplished composer and he spoke on "Music and Faith in My Life and Vision." The prelate acknowledged that he is "well aware of the insignificant number of young people who listen to classical music, whereas almost everyone listens to popular music." "This," he said, "I consider to be a real tragedy." But, he affirmed that "secular musical art is possible within Christianity, including that which exceeds the limits of classical music which I love so much." Sacred messages The metropolitan called Christianity "inclusive," … [Read more...]