Crestwood, NY - The Publishing House of St. Vladimir’s Theological seminary, New York, USA, released an audiodisc with “The Divine Liturgy” by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev).

“The Divine Liturgy” was composed by Archbishop Hilarion in the first decade of June 2006. It was performed for the first time at the Church of St. Nicholas in Tolmachi, Moscow, on 6 July the same year, the feast day of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. The first concert performance of several pieces took place at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in December 2006.

The recording released by St. Vladimir’s seminary was made not in a studio or a concert hall, but at the divine service celebrated by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) at the Church of St. Nicholas on-the-Three-Hills in Moscow.

The choir of the State Tretyakov gallery conducted by the honoured artist of Russia Alexei Puzakov performed the hymns.

The album that includes twenty-six pieces was released with a booklet telling about the composition and its author, Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev), and the choir of the Tretyakov gallery.


Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Entry into Jerusalem

As we were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, * we were made worthy of immortal life by Your Resurrection, * and we praise You in song, crying out: * “Hosanna in the highest! * Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.” (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As you were carried upon a throne in heaven and upon a colt on earth, * O Christ God, you accepted the praise of angels and the songs of children who cry out to You: * “Blessed are You Who has come to to call back Adam!” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A greedy appetite for food is terminated by satiety and the pleasure of drinking ends when our thirst is quenched. And so it is with the other things. . . But the possession of virtue, once it is solidly achieved, cannot be measured by time nor limited by satiety. Rather, to those who are its disciples it always appears as something ever new and fresh.

St. Gregory of Nyssa