Art and Faith

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Memories of Jordanville

A moving evocation of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville NY. We went to the monastery for Easter services last night, and it was so beautiful that one could not know if one was on earth or in the forecourts of Paradise. There were some interesting changes. Some English was used in the service, and before the liturgy proper began, one of the seminarians was reading the Acts of the Apostles in Spanish. Jordanville is the beating heart of our Russian Orthodox Church here in America, and I would say to everyone to go there at least once… one knows that one is on holy ground sanctified by the podvigi of many elders and spiritual fathers. 

Thank you, Fr George, for your kind and loving advice to me. I bow before you in appreciation and gratitude. Pray for this sinner.



The music is a setting of the Great Doxology by Pavel Chesnokov. The ensemble was not identified, I am sorry.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

from the liturgy… the “Our Father” in Staroslav

This video shows the healthiness of many parishes in the OCA. The rot emanating from SVS/Syosset does not permeate the whole, please God. This why I pray daily for the institutional unity of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada under the aegis of Moscow. May that day come soon!

Monday, 21 April 2008

Bridegroom Matins. Sunday 20 April 2008

Sasha made this short video clip from the Bridegroom Matins last night. It gives an idea of Russian Orthodox worship outside of the liturgy. All our services are sung, and no musical instruments are used. This service ushers in Holy Week, properly speaking. 

Sunday, 20 April 2008

“Many Years” for Fr Daniel and Matushka Theodora Ressetar

Today is the 50th wedding anniversary of Fr Daniel and Matushka Theodora Ressetar, the parents of Sasha Ressetar, my good friend and frequent contributor to this site. This clip is from the service at their Russian Orthodox parish in Harrisburg PA. The priest intoning the many years is Fr Michael Kovach, a retired archpriest, still going strong at 89, according to Sasha! It was those such as Batiushka Daniel and Matuhka Theodora, and Batiushka Michael and his wife Matushka Olga, who taught us the Faith and guided our first steps. THANK YOU! Our debt of gratitude can never be paid in full.

Na Mnogaya Lyeta, Batiushka Daniel and Matushka Theodora! 

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