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Rare Russian Orthodox Liturgical Recordings [Pre-Bolshevik Revolution]
The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 6/27/12 | Shawn Tribe

Posted on 06/27/2012 10:17:36 AM PDT by marshmallow

Here are some interesting liturgical rarities from Russian Orthodoxy, sent in by one of our readers many months ago.

One in particular caught my attention. It is a recording from circa 1910 in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow, wherein Archdeacon Afanasii Zdihovsky sings Many Years to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial family:

Many Years

In another recording, we hear the same archdeacon singing "The Doors, The Doors" followed by the Creed:

Creed


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1 posted on 06/27/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Archdeacon Afanasii Zdihovsky sings Many Years to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial family:

So, how'd that work out for them?

2 posted on 06/27/2012 11:24:19 AM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: marshmallow; Erasmus
Some observations: For those of us who are Orthodox, the term New Liturgical Movement, has a slightly negative connotation. Why new? What's wrong with old liturgical rubrics? I went to the website; it appears to be Roman Catholic, (i.e. not Orthodox) and given the R.C. Church's constant innovation, I guess the term "New Liturgical Movement" makes sense in their view.

The deacon chanting is a protodeacon (it says it in Russian) not an archdeacon. A protodeacon is married clergy and wears a double orarion as opposed to a deacon wearing a single orarion. An archdeacon is a monastic.

Protodeacon Zdihovsky has a nice voice. However, I'm surprised the accoustics were not better in the pre-revolutionary Christ the Savior Cathedral.

I thought the singing of the Creed was much better done than the Many Years sung for the royal family (which in the Russian Church would have been sung in every church in Russia on that day).

Erasmus wrote in post number 2:

So, how'd that work out for them?

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Archdeacon (sic) Afanasii Zdihovsky sings Many Years to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial family:

Erasmus, do you know that Nicholas II and his immediate family were murdered by Godless communists, and are martyrs and saints in the Orthodox Church? I recommend you read about his life; you will see a man who suffered greatly for his faith.

The link below gives the best rendition of Memory Eternal for the royal martyrs I've ever heard.

Memory Eternal for Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

3 posted on 06/27/2012 1:29:24 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: OldCorps
You're right, New Liturgical Movement is a Catholic site but the term "new" really means "old"...... :-)

It's a site devoted to the renaissance of Catholic liturgy along the lines of what has been called the "reform of the reform". That is to say, a rediscovery of the beauty of traditional Catholic liturgy which has suffered at the hands of liturgical vandals over the last half century or so.

Glad someone appreciated it.

4 posted on 06/27/2012 1:47:57 PM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: marshmallow; mickie; flaglady47; oswegodeee
Thanks so much for posting this, Marshmallow. I followed all your links to the beautiful chants plus the gorgeous, emotionally-moving pictures and art in the video slide show.

I hope the souless communists who so horribly murdered the tsar and tsarina and their beautiful, innocent children are burning perpetually in hellfire.

Leni

5 posted on 06/27/2012 2:31:54 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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