At 5pm this Saturday (1/28), there will be a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Gesu Chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology, located at 1735 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley, CA. Dinner will provided following the liturgy.
This is an outreach of St Elias Melkite Catholic Church which is based at Los Gatos, CA. It will be celebrated by Fr Sebastian Carnazzo, the pastor of St Elias Melkite Catholic Church, and Fr Christopher Hadley who teaches at the Jesuit School of Theology.
Fr Sebastian has now uploaded recordings of the Melkite chants of the Divine Liturgy in both English and Arabic. This liturgy will predominantly be in English. I encourage you to look it up, here. All are encouraged to sing at the liturgy, even if you just sing the eison (drone) with me. So here’s you chance to prepare a bit, if only to get your ear attuned if you are new to it.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend both the liturgy and dinner if possible.
As a foretaste, here is their recording of the Great Doxology, which will be the opening hymn of the Liturgy on Saturday.