I was pretty excited the other day. I was out at lunch and, as I entered a building that has a giant, life-size creche in its courtyard, I heard Eastern chant on its recorded music soundtrack.
And, I RECOGNIZED IT!!! I kept going 360 degrees through the revolving glass door and went back outside to listen!
I received Anaphora's "Make Ready O Bethlehem" CD two years ago as a gift. And, as a convert and after 4 years on this journey, it is the first time I both recognized and felt an emotional attachment to an Eastern melody. It was like "hey, I know that!"
It will probably seem trivial and inconsequential to some, but western hymns are probably the main (and only) thing I miss from my protestant past. So this recognition and sense of ownership was a significant event for me.
(there was an older couple that seemed equally intrigued and stood listening; after the western music began, they left too; I should have talked to them, but it was in the city and I was a stranger so I didn't initiate a conversation; but I bet they too were Orthodox!)
My first Eastern Christmas carol!