Art and Faith

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Kuban Cossack Chorus 01

Filed under: choral,contemporary,Cossack,Russian,vocal — 01varvara @ 00.00

Another selection from this excellent ensemble. Please, step inside, and proshu k stolu!

Valery Balabanov. A Prayer for Russia. 1999


A Prayer for Russia (Valery Balabanov, 1999)

In the words of “A Prayer for Russia”:

One of Valery Balabanov’s works is entitled Prayer for Russia. In its very heart, it depicts the image of the Holy Virgin, who protects Russia with Her Holy Veil. With the blessing of the Moscow Patriarchate, contemporary iconographers have made icons copied from this and other paintings by Balabanov. “I know I have sinned”, Valery Balabanov said. “Only a pure person can paint icons, after fasting, confession, and receiving a blessing. Icons are painted according to strict canons, while I do not paint icons. I paint what the Lord instructs me to. I sense the touch of Holy Truth, and to the best of my abilities I try to reflect it in my art”.

There is nothing more to be said when the artist himself has expressed it so clearly. Mnogaya lyeta to the Servant of God Valery!

Gospodi Pomilui! (Lord, have mercy!) Zhanna Bichevskaya and Gennady Ponomaryov

Filed under: Christian,contemporary,Orthodox,religious,Russian,spiritual,vocal — 01varvara @ 00.00

Zhanna Bichevskaya and Gennady Ponomaryov (her husband) sing one of the most popular spiritual songs sweeping Russia as we speak. It was written by Hieromonk Roman, who is a well-known songwriter of religious songs meant to be sung outside of the church. For those who joined yourselves to the Church as adults, this is what you joined. We have a rich and bounteous feast for you, just do not listen to those who would take away or add to the faith. Be especially wary of those who speak of an “American Orthodoxy”, for it does not exist, I am afraid.

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