Art and Faith

Friday, 14 December 2007

Video. Blagoslovi Dushe Moya Gospoda (Liturgy). Rakhmaninov



This is from the opus 31 musical setting of the Liturgy by Sergei Rakhmaninov. This video is dedivated to the New Russian Martyrs. The image sequence begins with the trial of St Veniamin of Petrograd, then, icons of the martyrs follow, with individual and corporate icons alternating. This is to show that the martyrdom of the New Russian Confessors was both a personal and united podvig (act of courage). To close the sequence of the martyrs, I chose the icon of the Finding of the Relics of Patriarch St Tikhon Bellavin. This is a thematic bridge between the past events and the present day. The final image is the Mother of God Stand for Christ with the Martyr’s Cross. That needs no commentary. The blood of the New Martyrs is the seedbed of the current revival in Russia. This is my tribute to them.


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