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

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict