A video of the Canon of St Andrew of Crete from Holy Cross Orthodox Church in High Point, North Carolina from Monday of this week:
The Great Canon is served during the first week of the Great Lent. During Great Compline on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, one portion of the Canon is sung after the Little Doxology (Greek practice) or Psalm 69 (Russian practice) is read. On Wednesday of the fifth week of the Great Lent, the Life of St. Mary of Egypt is read together with the entire Great Canon at Orthros (sometimes Thursday proper in Slavic tradition). This practice was implemented during the life of St. Andrew, who was also the author of St. Mary’s hagiography.
A basic distinguishing feature of the Great Canon is its extremely broad use of images and subjects taken both from the Old and New Testaments. As the Canon progresses, the congregation encounters many biblical examples of sin and repentance. The Bible (and therefore, the Canon) speaks of some individuals in a positive light, and about others in a negative one—the penitents are expected to emulate the positive examples of sanctity and repentance, and to learn from and avoid the negative examples of sin, fallen nature and pride. However, one of the most notable aspects of the Canon is that it attempts to portray the Biblical images in a very personal way to every penitent: the Canon is written in such form that the faithful identify themselves with many people and events found in the Bible. Source
More recordings from St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky:
Well done recording of a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in 3 parts of the visit of Bishop Matthias to St Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Includes preliminary prayers with Liturgy proper starting about 6:00 minutes. This recording gives highlights and has some breaks in it, not giving the entire service.
Today the virgin gives birth to the transcendent One;
and the earth presents a cave to the unapproachable One;
Angels with shepherds give Him glory;
Wisemen below a star as they journey to Him;
who is God from all ages yet for our sake is born as a little Child.
Fragments from a liturgical celebration, along with a children’s sermon, for the Feast of St Nicholas at St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC:
Within the last couple of weeks some notable lectures have been posted to Vimeo which were delivered to the Oxford Orthodox Christian Student Society, which are not generally available elsewhere. A sampling:
“Eastern Sacred Chant” – a talk by Dr. Dmitri Conomos
“Translating The Liturgy: Was there a Great Entrance at the Last Supper? ” – a talk by Fr. Ephrem Lash
“Aquinas and Orthodoxy” – a talk by Fr. Andrew Louth