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Forthcoming Public Lecture in Byzantine Hymnody

Forthcoming Public Lecture in Byzantine Hymnody

St Andrew’s Theological College is pleased to announce that it will host the visiting Orthodox scholar and Athonite monk, Fr Damaskinos of Xenophontos (Jaakko Olkinuora), on Sunday 19 August 2018 for an evening public lecture entitled “Byzantine Hymnody: Past, Present and Future”. The address will be followed by a musical interlude and a panel discussion with representatives from the Australian Byzantine Choir, Melisma Ensemble, St John of Damascus Choir and the Sydney School of Byzantine Chant.


Father Damaskinos is a member of the Department of Theology of the University of Eastern Finland and a monk of the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos on Mount Athos. His research interests include both musicology, especially the adaptation of Byzantine chant into Finnish, and patristics, especially the liturgical literature of the Middle Byzantine period. He is a polyglot with fluency in Finnish, Swedish, English and Greek, and competency in several other modern and ancient languages.

The event is FREE and will be held in the College Hall from 6:00-8:00pm. Seating is limited. RSVP by 13 August 2018 is essential by contacting

On site car parking is very limited. Please consider parking in nearby Pitt St or George St (Redfern), or Chippen St or Meagher St (Chippendale).

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