During Great Lent of 2020 the COVID 19 pandemic has closed many of our churches completely and left others doing services with only a priest and deacon/reader.
Since Orthodoxy literally sings it liturgies, we are posting beautiful hymns and thoughtful reflections on this page and updating them frequently.
A beautiful rendition of the Cherubimic hymn by a trio from Sochi, Russia
Sunday May 31 2020 The Sunday after Ascension (Divine Liturgy with sermon from St. Nicholas Southbridge MA)
Sunday May 24 2020 The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (Divine Liturgy with sermon from St Nicholas Southbridge)
Dear Parish Family,
Below are the links to the Divine Liturgy at St Mary’s OCA Cathedral and St Tikhon’s Monastery.
Matins and Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman from St Mary’s Cathedral (OCA), Minneapolis, MN
Hours and Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman from St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Waymart, PA
I will upload my homily later today.
I will also be sharing with you our plans for a very limited opening of our parish in a letter later today. With God’s help, our first liturgy since March will be held next Sunday. Because of the strict limitations on gatherings with will be a very small start, but signs of the dawn are finally showing after this very long night of the plague.
I'm sharing this version of "Let God Arise" for the sheer Paschal exultation of the singers. The swirling of the chandeliers is a custom from the monasteries of the Holy Mountain on Mt Athos in Greece. In the midst of a year without Lent and with the Paschal season fleeing fast, it’s good to hear the joy.
With God's help, we may be able to open for extremely limited attendance services soon. I have submitted a petition to reopen ASAP. While it will not be anywhere near normal, the Liturgy will be done again at St Nicholas Church after two months. I will keep you posted as we move ahead.
Dear Parish Family,
Here is the Matins and Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of the Paralytic (4th Sunday in the Paschal Season) from St. Mary's Cathedral in Minneapolis (OCA).
The Sunday homily will be posted later than usual today.
We have had a death in our family. My beloved brother in law, James Monahan, passed away unexpectedly last night. Please pray for his soul and for the consolation of his wife, Christina, his son Nicholas and family. May his memory be eternal!
Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women. From St Mary's OCA Cathedral in Minneapolis.
St Mary's has been offering beautiful services in English.
Matins and Divine Liturgy for St Thomas Sunday from St Mary's (OCA) Cathedral in Minneapolis. The choir is very good and the readings are clear.
Absolutely beautiful! Listen to it during this Bright Week! From St Mary OCA parish in Minneapolis
The Agape Vespers on Pascha from our dear friends at St Michael's parish in Southbridge. God bless Father John Downie and his faithful few who were able to do these services. (Fr. John's diocese is under a different jurisdiction and Archbishop Nicolae permitted services within the strict guidelines set down by the state).
The Paschal Liturgy from the nuns of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City PA. In English
The Paschal Liturgy from St Tikhon's Monastery, Waymart, PA. In English with Metropolitan Tikhon.
The Matins of Holy Saturday with Lamenations from St. Tikhon's Monastery in Pennsylvania:
The Lamentations service from Holy Transfiguration monastery in Ellwood City. The melodies for the stasis will be familiar to anyone from our parish. All in English.
The Vespers Service (taking down from the cross) and Lamentations from St. Tikhon's monastery, with the Metropolitan
The Matins of Holy Friday from the nuns at Holy Transfirguration in Ellwood City, PA
The late Archbishop Job singinging the 15th Antiphon during the Mattins of Holy Friday (The singing of the 12 gospel readings and antiphons on Holy Thursday evening)
The 12 Gospel readings from last night at St Tikhon's monastery in Pennsylvania. Metropolitan Tikhon is presiding.
A very clear rendition of the hymn of Kasiane, the woman fallen in sin. Sung at the Matins of Holy Wednesday.
The first of the Bridegroom Matins (Palm Sunday evening) from the nuns at Holy Transfiguration monastery Ellwood City, PA.
For those who have a basic idea of the Orthodox services (and for those who love the beauty of our services), this is the Bridegroom Matins for Holy Monday in Slavonic from St Elizabeth's monastery in Belorus. The singing is beautiful.
Attached below is the Palm Sunday Liturgy from St George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral in Boston. It is in English and Albanian. The first couple of minutes show the filmer in gloves and mask but from there this video is quite clear. They will be broadcasting the Liturgy for Pascha starting 8 PM on Saturday April 18 (next Saturday). We will stream and broadcast it as we are able.
The hymn "Rejoice O Bethany", in English. Done by the Boston Byzantine Choir.
The troparion of Lazarus Saturday sung in the many languages of the Orthodox Church, including English (several times). Accompanied by images of icons, people in church, processions. A reminder of the springtime of hope this feast anticipates.
This is a beautiful rendition of the Akathist for the Lord's Passion. It is in Church Slavonic, but the icons presented parallel the hymn.
The hymn of Kassiane, to woman who wept at Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair.
In English, by the nuns at Holy Transfiguration, Ellwood City in the traditional Byzantine mode
The Passion Service at St Elizabeth's convent in Minsk, Belorus
Here is a link to the story of St. Mary of Egypt
The nuns of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Elwood City, PA are livestreaming services on their Facebook page. These services are recorded so that they can be watched later. They are in ENGLISH and the nuns' singing is very lovely.
A "Holiday Choral" by a mixed choir from St. Elizbeth's convent, Belorus
A beautiful setting of "Holy God", and "O Lord of Hosts be with us" from St Elizabeth's Convent in Belorus
The Paraklesis Service to the Mother of God in English: This is a beautifully sung rendition of the Paraklesis hymn to the Mother of God in English. This service is sung both in praise and repentance. It is one of the services recommended by the Holy Synod of Bishops during the pandemic. It is always appropriate in any season to praise the one who gave birth to God in the flesh.
A movie about St Mary of Egypt for the 5th Sunday in Lent
Fr John's homily for Sunday March 29, 2020
His Holiness Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril was deeply moved by the repentance-
The singing of the Akathist hymn in English. The hymn is sung on Friday evenings during Lent. It is sung on the 5th Friday in the Russian Churches.
A Russian Orthodox Youth Choir singing a penetential hymn