The Beatitudes

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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.





16 responses to “The Beatitudes”

  1. fatherstephen Avatar

    Choir – Valaam Monastery Choir

  2. Benjamin Avatar

    I love the Valaam Choir. . . Their sounds bring me to the third heaven every time I hear them. . .

    In case y’all didn’t know, you can many of their songs in MP3 format on their website for free!

    It’s great!

  3. jo533281 Avatar

    Thank you Father for this video. This certainly is one of my more favorite moments in the Divine Liturgy.

  4. Irenaeus of New York Avatar

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

    “The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.”
    Psalms 88:2

  5. […] … so (as a convert) the contrasts are getting more and more evident. One thing I missed was this, well not the “video presentation” but the beatitudes are sung every (ordinary) Sunday […]

  6. […] … so (as a convert) the contrasts are getting more and more evident. One thing I missed was this, well not the “video presentation” but the beatitudes are sung every (ordinary) Sunday […]

  7. Paul Avatar

    Thanks for the link to this gorgeous music. Is the score is available for church use?

  8. fatherstephen Avatar

    There are numerous settings available for church use. I’d have to research to see about this one. See what I can do.

  9. Phil Avatar

    Hearing the Beatitudes at Divine Liturgy has, from the first, been one of my favorite parts of Orthodoxy. They are the core of the Gospel.

  10. Aaroneous Avatar

    This gave me a few minutes at work to be attentive and at peace, thank you.

  11. Karen Avatar

    Beautiful! Thank you very much. It suddenly struck me as I listened that this video (or just to chant these verses) is a very good place to come when one’s heart is breaking. What a balm for the wounded soul! Yes, and how gently, reverently and purely the verses are sung. The monks’ stillness is evident. Blessed are You, O Lord, unto ages of ages. Amen.

  12. fatherstephen Avatar


    The picture at “blessed are the meek” is priceless.

  13. Darlene Avatar

    For the first time yesterday, I became very aware of the Beatitudes in the Divine Liturgy. I decided I need to put myself to the task of memorizing them.

    As blessed King David said, “I will lay up Thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” Ps. 119:11

  14. Moses Avatar

    wow… these images are screaming loud! 🙂

  15. James, the Brother Avatar
    James, the Brother


    I hope you are progressing well on your journey.

  16. Karen Avatar

    Yes, priceless! All the images are beautiful, but two that struck me most deeply were the first at “for they shall be filled” and the face of the “grandmother” lighting her candle near the end.

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