The St Romanos Liturgical English Choir
History of the Choir:
In 2003 Father Emmanuel was approached to introduce the Divine Liturgy in English and the task was then to organise a choir.
A group of choristers were formed who were willing to take up the task but did not have the availability of Byzantine music written in western notation. The sound they wanted to produce was one as close to the Greek chanting as was possible with the English language and the notation.
After some research the choir began practising and the first Liturgy took place in 2004.
The choir began with one Saturday per month which then increased over time to a fortnightly basis. Over time, the choir learnt to chant the Memorial Service in English (with the Byzantine sound) as well as learning the chanting for the Sacrament of Marriage, which they have performed many times on request.
Around 2009 a request was put to Father Emmanuel if a name could be bestowed upon the choir and it was decided on the name "The St Romanos Liturgical English Choir". This saint was chosen as he was a hymnographer who would be the ideal patron saint.
The choir grew to a maximum number of 10 in the early years, but has now settled to seven dedicated choristers.
Being part of a choir takes commitment and dedication. It is pleasing to see that the current members have been with the choir for over 6 years.
Besides the English Liturgies served at Evangelismos Church, requests have been made for the services to be held in Albany and Bunbury. Dedicated members have made themselves available to chant at both locations.
English Services at Evangelismos and Albany for 2017:
Divine Liturgies in English are held on a Saturday morning. In 2017, some of these services will take place in the regional South-West. We have endeavoured to offer English Services twice a month, however, in some months this has not been possible because of special feast days falling on a Saturday. The program of English Services is listed below.
West Perth: The Annunciation of Our Lady – Evangelismos, Corner Carr & Charles Streets, West Perth
Bunbury: St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Forrest Street, East Bunbury (No scheduled services in 2017)
Albany: St John the Theologian Anglican Church, York Street, Albany
Note: For the services held in Albany, there is a Vespers service the evening before, commencing at 6:00pm in Albany also.
|21 Jan||8-10am||Maximus the Confessor, Neophytos the Martyr|
|4 Feb||8-10am||Isidore of Pelousium, Nikolaos the Confessor, Joseph the Martyr|
|25 Feb||8-10am||Tarasios of Constantinople, Martyr Reginus of Scopelos|
|4 Mar||8-10am||St Theodore|
|11 Mar||CANCELLED||8-10am||Sophronios of Jerusalem, Theodora Queen of Arta|
|18 Mar||8-10am||Cyril of Jerusalem, Ananias, Trofimos and Efkarpion|
|1 Apr||8-10am||St Mary of Egypt, Gerontios Makarios Abbot of Pelekite|
|29 Apr||8-10am||Jason and Sosipater of the 70, Martyr Cercyra, Eusebius, Zeno|
|13 May||8-10am||Martyr Glykeria, Sergios the Confessor, Euthymius of Iveron|
|27 May||8-10am||John the Russian, Martyrs Elladius and Therapon|
|10 Jun||8-10am||Alexander and Antonina, Hieromartyr Timothy of Proussa|
|17 Jun||8-10am||Martyrs Isaurus, Manuel, Sabel, and Ishmael Martyrs of Persia|
|8 Jul||8-10am||Greatmartyr Procopios, Theophilios the Myrrhbearer|
|15 Jul||Albany||8-10am||Martyr Julitta and Kyrikos, Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles|
|22 Jul||8-10am||Holy Myrrhbearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene|
|5 Aug||8-10am||Martyr Eusygnius, Nona (Mother of St Gregory the Theologian)|
|19 Aug||8-10am||Martyr Andrew the Soldier, Martyrs Timothy, Agapius, Thecla|
|2 Sep||8-10am||Martyr Mammas, John the Faster, Philadelphus, Philip|
|16 Sep||8-10am||Greatmartyr Euphemia, Meletine, Dorotheos the Hermit of Egypt|
|30 Sep||8-10am||Gregory the Illuminator of Armenia, Mardonios and Stratonikos|
|7 Oct||8-10am||Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, Hieromartyr Polychronus|
|14 Oct||Albany||8-10am||Greatmartyr Nazarios, Gervasios, Cosmas the Hagiopolite|
|21 Oct||8-10am||Hilarion the Great, Christodoulus of Patmos, John the New Martyr|
|4 Nov||8-10am||Ioannikios the Great, Nikandros of Myra, Ioannikios, John|
|18 Nov||8-10am||Martyrs Plato and Romanos, Anastasios Neomartyr, Basil Hosios|
|2 Dec||8-10am||Porphyrios the Kafsokalyvites, Martyr Myrope, Theofilus|
|16 Dec||8-10am||Prophet Haggai, Martyrs Marinus, Theofania, Modestos|
English Liturgy Pamphlets
The St Romanos Liturgical English Choir have been preparing small, informative pamphlets for distribution at each of the Saturday English Liturgies. These pamphlets can include information specifically related to the service, the saint of the day, sayings by the Holy Fathers, and various other bits of information. Click here to view our collection of English Liturgy Pamphlets.