The First Kathisma – Sunday Vigil – St. Vladimir’s

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9 responses to “The First Kathisma – Sunday Vigil – St. Vladimir’s”

  1. Darlene Avatar
    Darlene

    is this St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY?

  2. David Dickens Avatar

    I am so used to how our parish sings. Not that we sing slowly, but quite different than the more “punctuated, stumbling jog” that I hear from time to time online. I don’t expose myself enough to other styles. Thank you for sharing this father.

  3. fatherstephen Avatar

    Darlene,
    Yes. I should have noted that this is St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. There are two choirs singing antiphonally – the choir from St. Tikhon’s Seminary in New Canaan, PA and St. Vlad’s choir. There is most of the music for the Sunday Vigil posted on Youtube at the location of this particular selection.

  4. Mohammed Avatar
    Mohammed

    Dear Father Stephen,

    There is something I have been meaning to tell you in a long long while:

    I may be of Muslim faith, but whenever I feel I need to awash myself in some spiritual readings, I go directly to your blog. Its a blessing to have people such as yourself in the world.

    Warmest of regards,

    Mohammed from Qatar

  5. fatherstephen Avatar

    Mohammed,
    Thank you for your kind words. God is holy.

  6. Ibn Battenti Avatar
    Ibn Battenti

    Indeed Father, Blessed be He!

  7. Gordon Avatar
    Gordon

    I am sorry for the off-topic comment, but I am having a hard time finding answers to this orthodox-related question online. I looked into local orthodox churches. We have two. One claims to be part of the Antiochian Archdiocese and the other a “missionary parish of the Russian Orthodox church”. What is the difference? Are they different churches? If I had to choose one to visit…?

  8. Andrew Avatar
    Andrew

    Gordon,

    No, there really is no difference. Both are fully Orthodox, and the same liturgy will be celebrated at both. However, at the Russian parish, there’s a good chance the liturgy will be in Russian. Most Antiochian parishes do the liturgy in English, although you will occasionally find some Arabic. Thus, I would recommend the Antiochian parish for a first-time visit.

  9. Greg Avatar
    Greg

    I’m not sure there’s a strong reason to believe the liturgy at the Russian church will be in Russian. If they are a canonical church in the US, I suspect it is more likely to be English, especially if it is a “missionary” church. If there is any other language used at all, it is more likely to be Slavonic, not Russian. Either way, call and check it out.

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