Deacon John (Rassem) El-Massih was born and raised in Anfeh, Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in December of 2001. Dn. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In 2009, he directed a CD project entitled The Voice of the Lord: Selected Hymns from the Feast of Theophany. In June of 2013, he was assigned as an assistant for the late Metropolitan Philip and was appointed the “First-Chanter” of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Dn. John currently serves Metropolitan Joseph as his deacon, including leading and directing the Antiochian Archdiocesan Choir and teaching Byzantine music at Saint Vladimir's Seminary. In addition to his teaching at St. Vladimir’s, Dn. John teaches Byzantine Music at the Antiochian House of Studies and lectures annually in the performance and history of Byzantine music at the Sacred Music Institute for the Antiochian Archdiocese. On December 8, 2017, his second CD, Sun of Justice: Selected Hymns from the Feast of the Nativity of Christ in Arabic, Greek, and English, was released.
Dn. John will be giving a workshop on Thursday July 2, 2020 (11:00 AM -12:30 PM) on Orthodox Byzantine Music Traditons.