Music and Scenes from Georgia (the Old One)

I think of our young Church member who is living and working in Georgia this summer and pray he has such beauty around him many times. The richness of the Orthodox faith has such a depth that very little has been seen in the outside Western world. Enjoy the day.

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Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.



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6 responses to “Music and Scenes from Georgia (the Old One)”

  1. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Father,
    Just curious, but where do you find these Orthodox music videos (for the lack of a better label)? You posted an angelic hymn earlier from Tchaikovsky that I liked a lot.

    Sean

  2. David Avatar
    David

    Could you recommend either a place I could get such music in mp3 form or purchase it on CD?

    The Russian work you shared a few posts ago has also been on my heart.

  3. fatherstephen Avatar

    These are from Youtube (the one’s I’ve posted. youtube.com is the address I believe. There I search for Russian Orthodox music, and, magic! they appear. I’m looking at how to create something myself.

  4. fatherstephen Avatar

    Forgive me, but mp3 format is in abundance at itunes. Look for an album called Russian Easter, it has some wonderful selections, including some by Chesnikov (a 20th century composer) there are beyond beautiful.

    The first time I was in a service and the Hymn to the Theotokos (from Rachmaninov’s Vespers was sung – it was our local choir – not quite operatic quality – but they acquitted themselves well) I almost had to stop the service for my weeping.

    Sometimes with Russian music, you need text as well. Of course, there is also the need to hear these things in their liturgical context. There they take on a meaning that is simply transcendent.

  5. John Avatar

    Father Stephen,

    This is so beautiful. I’ve just returned from 12 days in Georgia and visited many of the churches depicted in this video. I have never heard anything quite like Georgian liturgical chant–it is other-worldly. I will be posting observations and some photos from Georgian churches in coming weeks.

  6. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Ah, well I should have guessed. But thanks and i will certainly search as you suggested on Youtube.

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