Monday, March 25, 2013

Pan-Orthodox Vespers, London

The Pan-Orthodox Vespers is celebrated on annual basis on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This tradition is kept and received by all the Orthodox in the U.K. as a big event, were all unite to express their faith and unity. This event rotates and this year (24th-03-2013) it was celebrated at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia, Bayswater, central London.

This year present were Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, Archbishop Dositej of Scandinavia and Great Britain, Archbishop Zenon of Dmanisi and Great Britain and Ireland and Bishop Tropaiou of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Many priests from numerous jurisdictions were present, enriching the service of vespers with the multitude of languages and sounds.

The beauty, however, of this service was evident during the chanting of the various choirs, who gave a unique feel to this event. Present were 7 choirs (Greek, Antiochian, Russian, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian and Ukrainian), bringing to this service the multitude of sounds and traditions that exist within the Orthodox World.

During the service, Archpriest Gregory Hallam gave a sermon showing the unity between the Orthodox, despite the differences that exist on a cultural, political, linguistic level. Being the vespers for the Annunciation, he explained the theology of the event. At the end of the service a litany took place, reminding us all of the restoration of the icons, an event celebrated during the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Following are a number of videos, showing the differences in music within the various choirs, some following the Byzantine tradition and others the more Westernised one. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I couldn't make it, nice to see it here.