On Sunday, October 2nd after Divine Liturgy, Saint George recognized our Choir and Readers as part of the commemoration of “Church Musician Sunday:”
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America recently designated the Sunday following the commemoration of Saint Romanus the Melodist (October 1st) as “Church Musician Sunday.” This new yearly designation will highlight the essential role of liturgical music in Orthodox Christian worship and the important role of church musicians in the life of the Church. On this day, parishes are encouraged to recognize those who serve in the various roles involved in Church music: choir directors, singers, chanters, readers, composers, arrangers, and bell-ringers, through a public acknowledgment following the Divine Liturgy.
The photo on the left is an icon located at St. George on the rear (or north-side) wall of the choir - it is the Icon of the Feast of the Protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos. The St. George icon shows the Theotokos standing above the faithful with her arms outstretched in prayer, but below the Theotokos, in the center of the icon, stands Saint Romanus the Melodist, the famous hymnographer whose feast is also celebrated on the same day. On the lower left corner of the icon is his choir.
Below please find a few photos.