The Redemption of Bathsheba

A collection of dances that evoke the spirits of the Bible's most intriguing women.

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The Parish of Saint John Chrysostom has a deep appreciation of the role of dance, music and the arts in the life of the people of God as echoed in the writings and attitudes of many of the holy women and men who have gone before us.

Our celebrations of God’s gifts to us cannot be called liturgical since they have not taken place within the liturgical celebrations of the church. They have, however, been used to explore in unique ways the constant awakening of the presence of God with our WHOLE person. There in no shame in giving glory to the Trinity with our whole heart and mind and soul and body …

Fourth Century Eusebius in his book “On the Contemplative Life” writes concerning festival dancing and hymns of praise to God in thanksgiving for His saving Israel at the Red Sea.

Gregory of Constantinople urged his wife Julia to dance to the glory of God.

Basil and Ambrose, early fourth century Bishops of the Church, called sacred dance a companion of Divine Grace. Their contemporary Augustine allowed dance if it were not of the indecent variety based on eroticism.

Gregory Thaumaturgus "thought of the dance as a natural and spontaneous way of expressing religious joy." The liturgy of the church included pantomimic dances and hymns.

Both Theodosius and John Chrysostom around 390 A.D., made reference to a great amount of sacred dancing done by the Christians of the Antioch Church who performed before the tombs of martyrs, celebrated the coming of the new year in a sacred spiritual dance with St. Paul, and imitated supposed angelic movement in a dance called the "Chorostasia." Chrysostom charges the Christians of his day to glorify God in dance, but to use decent and pure movement.

All is done to give glory to the God who created us in His image and likeness.