For the second day in a row, I have my trip of two years ago to Lebanon on my mind. Surely it was a trip worth repeating and its memories will remain with me for years to come.
During this trip, I visited the Salvatorians convent in Joun. There I met with a priest so dear to my heart, Fr. Makarius Haidamos. Over the past years Fr. Makarius has embarked on a huge undertaking. To publish all the church services around the year in Arabic and Greek with byzantine notation according to the latest published texts by the Patriarchal Liturgical Committee. To date, Fr. Makarius has completed 10s of books with thousands of pages set professionally with Byzantine notation to the highest standards. Furthermore, he recorded 100s of chants with his voice for other to aid in teaching them to Melkites all around the word.
In addition, Fr. Makarius directs the Salvatorian Youth Choir which has recorded a few CDs to date with both byzantine chants and other religious music.
O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life – come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
— Jack Rabah