Beautiful Znamenny chant arrangement of the Magnificat

Video

The choir at St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas sings this beautiful English-language arrangement of the Magnificat in the ancient Russian choral tradition of Znamenny chant which developed especially at the island monastery of Valaam. This video was posted on YouTube on November 21, 2010

On divine love

Patience, forgiveness and joy are the three greatest characteristics of divine love. They are characteristics of all real love – if there is such a thing as real love outside divine love. Without these three characteristics, love is not love. If you give the name ‘love’ to anything else, it is as though you were giving the name ‘sheep’ to a goat or a pig.

-St. Nikolai Velimirovic

Saint Nikolai Velimirovic of Ohrid and Žiča lived from 1881-1956. He served as bishop of Ohrid and of Žiča in the Serbian Orthodox Church and was an influential theological writer and a highly gifted orator who came to be widely regarded as The New Chrysostom.