Nicholas Denysenko received a Ph.D. in liturgical studies and sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America in 2008. He is assistant professor of theological studies and director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he teaches courses on liturgy and Eastern Christianity. He serves as deacon at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Tarzana, California. He is currently working on a monograph treating liturgical reform in the Orthodox Church.

Church Renewal and Music, Yesterday and Today

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a series of economic and political challenges faced Russia. Economic development, industrialization, and the enlightenment challenged many of Russia’s traditional core beliefs and institutions. In the midst of this turbulence, Church leaders drew from a fountain of creativity to rejuvenate Church life and equip the ordinary believer to engage the world. This presentation will show how music contributed to the renewal of the Church in Russia and beyond her borders, and how the movement for renewal remains alive and well today.

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