ROME, FEB. 27, 2007 (Zenit.org).- A concert to be held next month is intended by organizers as a means to promote Christian unity, especially between Orthodox and Catholics.

The musical composition, "The Passion According to Matthew," will be presented in Rome on March 29 in an auditorium next to the Vatican.

It was composed by Bishop Hilarion Alfeev of Vienna and Austria, representative of the Russian Orthodox Church of Moscow to the European Community.

"The Passion" will be conducted by Vladimir Fedoseev and interpreted by Russia's largest symphonic orchestra, the Petr Chajkovskij Grand Symphonic Orchestra, and by the Trethakovskij Choir.

Father Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy director of the Department for Relations with External Churches of Moscow's Patriarchate and spokesman of Patriarch Alexy II, will represent the Moscow Patriarchate.

The concert will also be attended by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue.

The concert will be presented for the first time in Moscow two days earlier in the presence of Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II.

Code: ZE07022729

Date: 2007-02-27
 


Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The enemy of our salvation especially strives to draw our heart and mind away from God when we are about to serve Him, and endeavours to adulterously attach our heart to something irrelevant. Be always, every moment, with God, especially when you pray to Him. If you are inconstant, you will fall away from life, and will cast yourself into sorrow and straitness. 

St. John of Kronstadt