Worship in beauty and truth

There is nothing to me more beautiful than the Orthodox liturgy. Here is an example from the Cathedral of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr in Abkhazia, which sits on the eastern side of the Black Sea. The service is compressed down to 10 minutes here to give viewers a taste of things.

I can’t understand a whit of it, but I’m told the chanting is in both Abkhaz and Russian. Simultaneously arresting and soothing, it has the ability to transport — and you don’t need Rosetta Stone to get carried away.

Despite the great separation in language and place, I see aspects that mirror exactly what we do at my church in Franklin, Tennessee. Intellectually, I know to expect that, but I’m always amazed when I see it in practice.

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  • http://about.me/markkordic/bio Mark Kordic

    Stunningly beautiful indeed. Thanks!

    • Joel J. Miller

      You bet. I first saw this video several months ago and somehow misplaced it. I found it again today and had to share it.


    This servise done in local Abchazian and Russian languages.

    • Joel J. Miller

      You’re the second person to say so. I’m totally ignorant on the matter, but that’s good enough for me. I’ve changed it above. Thanks.

  • Benita Teems

    The last two minutes are enchanting…

  • John Habib

    I thoroughly enjoyed that. Even though I am Coptic, it also looked very familiar. I love Orthodoxy.