Unearthly Hymn Chanted in Empty Church

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Unearthly Hymn Chanted in Empty Church

It’s hard to understand, what it is–the acoustics of the empty church, the words of the prayer, or the incredible way the voices of these four Russian men interweave, echo and disappear–but this recording will make you shiver… or feel as though you’re soaring in the sky.

This hymn is sung during the Russian Orthodox Church Service during Great Lent, the forty-day fast that precedes Easter. Traditionally, it is sung by a trio or quartet in the middle of the church, as all believers drop to their knees.

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