Advent, traditions and an update on a TSOG ‘classic’

Well, here we are. Advent started yesterday, and now begins the Church’s second-biggest countdown of the year. If you’re like me, you are a bit amazed to find that it’s that time already. It’s a little humorous, given that the Advent fast always comes on exactly the same day every year — no need to look up ‘date of Christmas’ on the internet like you do with Pascha. How is it that…

O Come, All Ye Faithful — the Byzantine remix version

I originally posted this song in December, 2010, but I actually get requests for it every year, so I’ll re-post it. Yesterday, at the end of the service, we sang “O Come, All Ye Faithful” as a recessional, and one of my godsons opined that maybe if we chanted it in Byzantine Tone 2, it would fit into the service better. That sounded like a request to me, so … behold. In…