This article was written by an Eastern Orthodox Christian, but it's particularly relevant for the Oriental Orthodox right now. It's a beautiful article. A must read, really.http://returntoorthodoxy.com/orthodox-philosophy-music-daniel-marchant/
Can there be said to be an Orthodox philosophy of music? What is the purpose of music in the life of the Orthodox Church? What would make one form of music appropriate for worship in an Orthodox context and another inappropriate? Orthodox seminarian and musicology student Daniel Marchant tackles these and other related questions relative to his studies and personal experiences in this fascinating essay...
“Never confuse the person formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him; because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.”
St. John of Kronstadt