What is the difference between the Russian and Greek Orthodox Churches?
Posted 09 December 2011 - 04:05 PM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 04:31 PM
The length of the words has really nothing to do with it since they really are about the same in English or Slavonic. So the answer is not to choose one method over the other - but rather to do whatever you do with the utmost attention and reverence.
Fr David Moser
Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:25 AM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:28 AM
One difference that I love is that Russian Orthodox Churches have their wonderful choirs. Truly heavenly music. I have read that this is because the Russian Church has been "tainted" by other cultures, but I don't really care. I love this music - if only I could understand the words.................................
The best of these choirs, in the opinion of many, are Holy Trinity St Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad (plus its podvorie/metochion in central Moscow) and Sretensky Monastery in central Moscow. Sretensky is a professional choir - they do tours around the world. Both publish CDs/MP3s but I don't know where you'd get them from (we bought our collection in Moscow). The Lavra Podvorie does a very fine 2CD of the Divine Liturgy in Znammeni chant rather than polyphonic.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 11:38 AM
Honourable mention must also go to the Novospassky Monastery Choir, and the choirs of the Kiev Caves (I concur with his accolade for the Sretensky choir); perhaps the finest Greek choir these days would be that of the Vatopedi Monastery, with honourable mention going to the nuns of the Holy Cross Monastery in Corinth.
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