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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.

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-calling Chant "Let my prayer arise" during Lent Divine Liturgy (The Liturgy of  Presanctified  Gifts) that is served only during Great Lent.

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

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)

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