II. VIDEOS OF DIVINE SERVICES IN RUSSIA
This video shows excerpts of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Theophany in Moscow. It offers an interesting comparison with the Divine Services in the more "provincial" Voronezh (#16), with the greater spectacle of the Millennium Services at the same cathedral (#15), and with the dynamic intensity of the country church (#13). The architecture, huge gilded iconostasis and all the church "furnishings" are quite spectacular, as are the beautiful tomb of St. Aleksei (Alexis), Metropolitan of Moscow, and the revered wonder-working icon of the Kazan Mother of God.
The Service is sung by antiphonal choirs in the north and south balconies, and is videotaped from different vantage points across the very high west balcony, which allows for viewing the liturgical action from above.
|portions of most of the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, beginning with the First Antiphon;
|the Ordination of a Priest; and
|some excerpts of the Moleben to Metropolitan St. Alexis and veneration of his relics.
Serving with the bishop, (the former Archimandrite of the Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery), whose magnificent voice is totally captivating, are three priests, three deacons and five sub-deacons, plus the deacon who is ordained a priest.