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Sunday Afterwords: Saints and Dragons

Icon of John the Baptist. This Byzantine icon, which dates to about 1300 A.D., is currently at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Icon of John the Baptist. This Byzantine icon, which dates to about 1300 A.D., is currently at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

When we walk into the icon exhibit at the Chrysler museum we are greeted with the words of Saint John of Damascus: “Visible things are images of invisible and intangible things, on which they throw a faint light.”

Who was Saint John of Damascus? This Doctor of the Church wrote treatises on the veneration of the icons against the iconoclastic Byzantine emperor. The Seventh Ecumenical Council, held in 787, upheld the teaching espoused by Saint John in these words, “Icons are to be kept in churches and honored with the same relative veneration as is shown to other material symbols, such as the precious and life-giving cross and the book of the Gospels”.

When we first walk into the exhibit we encounter art that is Christian art but in a form that is unfamiliar to many Western Christians. However, icons are a part of the fulness of the patrimony of the Christian faith whose art embraces both the Orthodox east and the Latin west. This video will give you some insight into what an icon is and how it functions in the liturgy. Icons have a part in revealing the truth of the Christian mystery, within the Liturgy of the eastern church.

On December 19 from 1 to 3 pm, in the Kaufman Theater in the Chrysler Museum, there will be an event: “Sound of the Saints: Celebrate St. Nicholas and the holiday season with an enlightening Saints and Dragons presentation and a special choral performance. The Rev. George Bessinas of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral presents an illustrated talk about Orthodox traditions involving icons. Following his presentation will be a musical performance, in English and in Greek, from the cathedral’s chanters, choir, and youth choir.”

As Christmas approaches, a visit to this exhibit would be a wonderful way to prepare spiritually for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord.

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria

Icon from Bulgaria

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: ‘Blessed, They’ from A German Requiem Johannes Brahms

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall have comfort.
They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy.
Who goeth forth and weepeth and beareth precious seed, Shall doubtless return with rejoicing,
and bring her sheaves with her. Blessed are they that mourn…


Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: Deliver us, O Lord our God Adrien Batten (ca. 1591 – ca. 1637)

Deliver us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the heathen
that we may give thanks unto thy holy name,
and make our boast of thy praise.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end.
And let all the people say, “Amen”.

Postlude: Fanfare Jacques-Nicolas (Jaak-Nicolaas) Lemmens (1823 – 1881)


Fauré’s Requiem

Sunday, the first of November at 4:00 in the afternoon, the Choir of Sacred Heart will sing the Fauré Requiem, in remembrance and honor of our beloved dead.  It is free and open to the public. Email office@sacredheartnorfolk.org or call the office (625- 6763) if you would like to have your loved one’s name printed in the program and read during the Requiem. Donations will be accepted and given to help our Thanksgiving baskets. Come, be spiritually uplifted by this beautiful piece of music and remember those who have gone before us. https://youtu.be/UnilUPXmipM