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Nicholas of Japan -> Byzantine Chant
[[Image:nj2Byzantine Notation.jpg|100px|left]]Our father among the Strictly speaking, '''[[saintsByzantine Chant]] '''is the sacred [[Nicholas Church Music|chant]] of JapanChristian Churches following the Orthodox rite. This tradition, encompassing the Greek-speaking world, developed in [[Eastern Roman Empire|Byzantium]]'''from the establishment of its capital, Constantinople, in 330 until [[Equal-to-Fall of Constantinople|its fall]] in 1453. It is undeniably of composite origin, drawing on the artistic and technical productions of the-Apostlesclassical age, on [[Judaism|Equal to Jewish]] music, and inspired by the monophonic vocal music that evolved in the Apostlesearly Christian cities of Alexandria, Antioch, and Ephesus. In the [[Orthodox Church]] (today, many churches use Byzantine Chant as their primary musical tradition, including the Churches of [[August 1Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]], 1836 &#8211; [[February 3Church of Alexandria|Alexandria]], 1912), brought Orthodoxy to [[Orthodoxy in JapanChurch of Antioch|JapanAntioch]]. He was sent to Japan as a , [[missionaryChurch of Jerusalem|Jerusalem]] by the , [[Church of RussiaRomania|Romania]]. He worked tirelessly among the Japanese people and established there the , [[Church of JapanSerbia|Serbia]]. His , [[feast dayChurch of Greece|Greece]] is , and [[February 3Church of Cyprus|Cyprus]].
Throughout his life, St Nicholas set an example The Byzantine chant scale consists of a true spiritual director wholly devoted to his ministry. He was a man of inexhaustible energy, firm commitment, and outstanding efficiency. He said once: ''"I consider it inappropriate for a missionary to retire unless he is totally unable to serve. I have never tried on a 'robe de chambre,' not even in my dreams. I would better die on the field where God's Providence destined me to plough and sow."'' His private life was that of an [[asceticism|ascetic]]. He never tried to perform any special feat, but rather surrendered his entire soul to God. His life was marked with hardships and willfulness, self-appraisals and tiredness, and the feebleness of an old man. However, the saint's life was a clear manifestation of success in overcoming these hardships through the fulfilment of [[Christ]]'s commandments, shown to the whole world. '''''Recently featured:''' [[Bede]], [[Gregory Palamas]], [[John Chrysostom]], [[Filioque]]. Newly [[:Categoryseven notes:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented every other '''Friday'''.''
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