I was ready to go to church today. Some of the dust had settled from the bomb that was dropped last weekend. But, with the threat of icy roads for much of King William County, the deacons and members decided to cancel services. I didn’t want to go out to St. Basil in dicey weather. So, I stayed home and made salmon cakes for brunch as I proceeded to begin one of my goals in the Orthodox Church, the organization of the Virginia Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black. The blog site is up. I ran the skeleton past some of my fellows in the state and posted the link on the Black Orthodox Christians Facebook page and my home page. Soon, I’d like to send this to every Orthodox congregation (Eastern and Oriental) just to see how many of us are out there and how many people are interested in having a more multi-cultural Church.
It looks like my Chrismation will be on the first Sunday in January. I’m looking at having two sponsors. One is a member of St. Basil and the other is a friend I met in KC. It will be interesting to learn Byzantine chant. But, there is a soul and spirituality from the black Protestant music tradition that is more than worthy of being celebrated and preserved. The feast day of St. Moses is the 28th of August. I am thinking the state chapter of the BSMB could plan to meet at a church to celebrate with some of the classic Negro Spirituals. This could be our first state wide project. We will see.
We sang this at the Hampton University Minister’s Conference one year. I wish we had this in the Baptist Hymnal.