The Beatitudes – Sung by the Monks of Valaam Monastery

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Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.



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13 responses to “The Beatitudes – Sung by the Monks of Valaam Monastery”

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  2. Joseph Hromy Avatar
    Joseph Hromy

    Father they are my favorite if anyone wants to know where to buys these monks albums they are on musica russia and They have a few out wish all chant sounded like that thanks Father

  3. david peri Avatar

    Couple of weeks ago, I visited the New-Valamo in Heinävesi, Finland. These 200 monks left Russia during the war because of severe difficulties. You can visit their site at Check the English page on the left side otherwise you may get the Finnish page.

    Last week I heard a group from Valaam who were travelling through Finland and who sang just like the above video. So beautiful and though I did not understand the Russian or Greek words, the harmony and style was trememdous.

    I hope to back to Valamo and do some volunteer work. Blessings to all.

  4. david peri Avatar

    Forgot to mention that you can visit via

  5. Allen Long Avatar
    Allen Long

    Beautiful, Fr.! Thank you, for sharing this.

  6. Damaris Avatar

    Where is the Valaam Monastery, and does the name refer to the man in the OT with the refractory donkey?

  7. Marieta Avatar

    Beautiful , thank you father !

  8. fatherstephen Avatar

    Valaam Monastery is on the border of Russia and Finland. I do not believe it has any bearing to the name Barlaam.

  9. woodcutter Avatar

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing! Deacon Steve

  10. Mike M. Avatar
    Mike M.

    Fr. Stephen,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. The lyric beauty of the chant so closely matches the words (thank you also for the english in the video montage) and the images.

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