Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Bishop of Volokolamsk and chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, is a prolific writer and also a composer. One might ask where he finds that time to compose music given his busy schedule. Met. Hilarion responds that much of his writing occurs during layovers in airports because of his frequent international travels.
Below is the finale of Met. Hilarion’s Christmas Oratorio. It as composed 2007. The choir is singing “Glory to God on High” from “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” The Oratorio is performed by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexei Puzakov.
About the Author
- Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, is well known throughout the Orthodox Church as a leading theologian, writer, and musical composer. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford University and a doctorate in theology from St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris.