Bringing the sacred texts of the ancient church to the ears of the modern listener by assimilating and re-presenting them through original music rooted in ancient forms. When one plumbs the riches of the texts of various hymnographers from various periods in the churches’ history, there is an astounding corpus which reflects the diversity of topics for which, and needs of persons about whom, the church prayed. The church has always been concerned for the welfare of her suffering souls here on earth as well as for their eternal salvation in the age to come. This is nowhere more apparent than by surveying the table of contents of the Menanion or the ‘Great Book of Needs’.
Charitable Outreach: It is the explicit objective of the OCMP to compose new music from the ancient sacred texts and to premier these works in concerts, prayer services, or Divine Liturgies to spiritually minister to the needs of the souls of our hearers, to raise social awareness about the needs of our suffering brethren, and to cooperate with the charitable works of the Holy Orthodox and Catholic Church and organizations such as the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
Promoting Good Musicianship and Providing Support and Training for Choir Staff of the Parishes in the Orthodox Church in America: As an endeavor of the OCMP, seminars and workshops are in development to provide support, training, and music materials for choir directors, choir members, and ‘Readers’ to help them learn the cycle of ’Service Books’, prepare for the holy feasts, improve their singing technique, and to chant fluidly.