From His All-Holiness +BARTHOLOMEW Patriarch of Constantinople and New Rome: A Time for Life
To Dr. Alexander Lingas, Artistic Director of Cappella Romana, our beloved son in the Lord: grace and peace from on high.
It is with sincere joy that we received your letter informing us of the release on CD of the recording entitled A Time for Life, the oratorio by Professor Robert Kyr of the University of Oregon and performed by Cappella Romana on the sacred protection of and stewardship toward the natural environment. We are delighted that the oratorio incorporates texts from Scripture as well as the Orthodox Service for the Environment and the ancient traditions of Native Americans.
As you are aware, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has long advocated the preservation of God’s creation by all means available to us. This is why we are convinced that it will prove inspiring for people to discern the power of art and music as the appropriate language for appreciating the harmony and beauty of God’s creation.
We congratulate you and your vocal ensemble. May God bless your ongoing endeavors.
At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 15th of August, 2013.
Your fervent supplicant before God,
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch