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
 


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Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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