Project for the Persecuted Church is the manifestation of a dream to raise funds to provide humanitarian relief to Christians in the Middle East through:
- Reproducing professionally the performance of Middle Eastern Christian liturgical chants
- Exposing the plight of persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East through concerts, documentaries, cds and social media
- Increasing accessibility to Middle Eastern Christian chant through transcriptions and performance recordings
- Preserving forms of Middle Eastern Christian liturgical music that are in danger of being lost
- Beginning a music composition movement which preserves liturgical chants and
- Developing a visual art movement which utilizes Middle Eastern Christian iconography and art.
The first two tangible incarnations of this project are the Evensong for the Persecuted Church, and the Persecuted Church Choir. The Evensong for the Persecuted Church is an annual prayer service held at St. Michael’s Church, wherein music is performed from the various churches in the Middle East, a speaker gives a presentation about persecution in the Middle East, people pray, and an offering is taken up which goes specifically to those who need it.
The Persecuted Church Choir is the progeny of the Evensong for the Persecuted Church. It is a professional choir that performs a variety of repertoire related to the Christianity in the Middle East, but focuses in a unique way on extremely rare chant from the Middle East that is inaccessible to those in the West. We perform Syriac, Coptic, Chaldean, Maronite, Georgian and Byzantine music alongside Howells, Rachmaninoff, and John Taverner. All of our events are done specifically for the purpose of raising funds for relief for Christians in the Middle East and raising awareness about their plight.