On Friday, November 6, fifteen seminarians, readers, senior servers, and subdeacons gathered at St. Sophia Seminary for three days of study, worship, and fellowship. The evening began with Daily Vespers in the Three Hierarch chapel. Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, the provost of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary and the organizer of the retreat served as the celebrant while the retreat participants sang the responses, chanted, and sang. His Eminence Archbishop Jeremiah of South America and His Grace Bishop Daniel of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA blessed everyone with their prayerful attendance.
After a wonderful dinner of Lenten Ukrainian cuisine, the participants attended the first lecture: “Beauty and Harmony of Liturgical Services in the Resurrectional Prokimena”, given by Rev. Fr. Anthony Perkins. He began his talk with an exhortation to the participants to embrace their roles and help reevangelize their parishes through commitment to Church order, beauty, and Truth. He went on to describe the Prokimen as a musical icon of the Incarnation through the wedding of the preternal Word (i.e. the Psalms) and created beauty (i.e. music). The session ended with a practicum of each of the Resurrection Prokimen.