On something pertaining to church life for a change, I had the great pleasure of seeing the visiting Moscow delegation of bishops and the Sretensky Monastery Choir at our cathedral this past Sunday. This was a remarkable event, and not only because the crowd at the cathedral was huge by our standards. So far as I know, this marked the first concelebration of Moscow and ROCOR bishops at our cathedral. The delegation’s world tour will take them to many of the major centers of Russian Orthodoxy abroad in celebration of the reconciliation among all Russian Orthodox. Also present was the “Reigning” (Derzhavnaya) icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, whose appearance after the last Tsar’s abdication signified that Russia thereafter was under the sovereignty of the Theotokos. The Tribune has a series of photographs from the event, and the story is here.
The Choir performed exceptionally during the liturgy. Their rendition of Mnogaya Lyeta filled the church with such a rich, resonating sound that I felt a sense of awe. I then had the added enjoyment of hearing the Choir perform at the CSO Sunday night, where they offered both sacred and secular songs. If any of you live in D.C., they will be performing in the vicinity tomorrow. If you can still get tickets, I strongly recommend that you go.