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18469+Bartholomew grants title of archon to prominent Estonian composer

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Sep 10, 2013
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      Patriarch Bartholomew granted the title of archon to prominent Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.  Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) is known for his works on religious themes.
      TALLINN. Orthodoxie.com, the French Orthodox site, reporting on the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to Estonia, where the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate operates the so-called Estonian Apostolic Church (which is not recognized as canonical by Moscow Patriarchate), notes that the famous Estonian composer (Orthodox by religion) Arvo Part (Arvo Pärt) was awarded the title of Archon by Patriarch Bartholomew.
      Arvo Pärt (born in 1935) is known for his works on religious themes. In 1979, Pärt emigrated from the Soviet Union. Converted to Orthodoxy;  was baptized with the name Aref. Part's creativity and outlook were significantly affected by communicating with Archimandrite Sofronime (Sakharov), a disciple and biographer of St. Silouan of Athos.
      In 2011, by decree of Pope Benedict XVI Pärt became part of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
      Archon - in local Greek Orthodox Churches is an honorary title that is assigned to known persons of the laity, especially those who were financially assist the Church, or make a significant contribution to the social or cultural activities.