Romanos the Melodist - Rosanne Pappas

This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1

Romanos the Melodist

November 18

Romanos the Melodist or the Hymnographer [Romanos: Ῥωμανὸς ὁ Μελωδός, Romanos O Melodos] was the greatest of the Byzantine hymnographers. Born to a Cypriot family in Beirut (modern Lebanon) he was educated in music in the great city of Damascus (in modern Syria), and was ordained a deacon. He eventually became the Archdeacon of Constantinople, and the Chancellor of the Imperial Basilica of the Holy Wisdom. His fame for musical composition spread very quickly, and he was patronized by the Emperor Justinian to compose official anthems for the Byzantine court. His real devotion was however, first and foremost to the church, and he composed many of the melodies used in the Greek church to this day.

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