The premiere of the English Liturgy of Chrysostom in Russian style took place in the United States

© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise in Photobacterium choir during worship. Archival photo.The premiere of the English Liturgy of Chrysostom in Russian style took place in the United States© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise the image Bank

The premiere of the English Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom on music written in the Russian Orthodox style, took place on Tuesday in the United States.

A new variant of one of the most beautiful Orthodox divine services performed in the Russian Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Howell (new Jersey), where this day was celebrated the patronal feast day.

The celebrations were held in the presence of one of the main shrines of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCOR) — the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron icon of the Mother of God. The Liturgy was headed by the first Hierarch of ROCOR, Metropolitan of new York and Eastern America Hilarion. He was co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan and Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej.

In the temple gathered hundreds of believers. Many came not only from nearby towns but also located within an hour drive of new York and Washington.

A new Liturgy was written by the order is located in Pennsylvania Russian-American music Institute in the name of Patriarch Tikhon, the choir which performed the work. Music for it was written by the American Orthodox composer Kurt Sander.

In an interview with RIA Novosti he said that the texts of the English translation of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in the United States performed before. However, in his words, «there was a serious need in the Liturgy, which not only would sound in English, but also showed the beauty of Russian Orthodox music». «Now this Liturgy is sung in understandable American language, but she does have a Russian sound, listen to which is not hampered by a language barrier,» said the composer.

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