Prayer & Worship Orthodox Music Thread



"My Sinful Soul" by the Sirin Choir (Russian chant)

My sinful soul, why don't you weep?
You shall weep, o soul, and lament always,
and therein shall you find consolation,
for you won't be able to weep when the death comes,
and after death your sins will condemn you.
Cast away your sinful attire in repentance,
for if you won't cast your sins away, you surely won't escape the hell.
The sufferers wear crowns on their heads and they sing the song of the Archangels:
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.



Song in an old Albanian dialect about Lazarus's rebirth by Christ

Song about revolutionary Greek heros Kolokotroni and Nikitaras who threw off the Turkish invaders


Not specifically religious music, but these three songs definitely are Orthodox/Christian centered when you look at the lyrics.
The first refers to the feast of Saint George on the 23 April. The second is for the New Year with wishes for a year filled with goodness and the Church.The third refers to Theophany.



English lyric videos

The Akathist to the Theotokos

Byzantine Chant: Blessed Are You O Lord, teach me Thy statutes

Come Ye Take Light

I am but Earth and Ash

Evlogitaria of the dead

Lord I Call Upon Thee

The Nicene Creed

Open to Me the Doors of Repentance

Our Savior, O Jesus Christ

O Virgin Pure

Psalm 102 (103)

Psalm 103 (104)

The Cherubic Hymn


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Mystical Christian Jesus Prayer (Russian) - Prayer of the Heart - Noetic Prayer
Video description
The Jesus Prayer, also known as The Prayer, is a short formulaic prayer esteemed and advocated especially within the Eastern churches: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." The prayer has been widely taught and discussed throughout the history of the Orthodox Church. The ancient and original form did not include the words "a sinner", which were added later. It is often repeated continually as a part of personal ascetic practice, its use being an integral part of the eremitic tradition of prayer known as hesychasm. The prayer is particularly esteemed by the spiritual fathers of this tradition as a method of cleaning and opening up the mind and after this the heart (kardia) and bringing about firstly the Prayer of the Mind or more correctly the Noetic Prayer (Νοερά Προσευχή) and after this the Prayer of the Heart (Καρδιακή Προσευχή). The Prayer of the Heart is considered to be the Unceasing Prayer that the Apostle Paul advocates in the New Testament. Theophan the Recluse regarded the Jesus Prayer stronger than all other prayers by virtue of the power of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Though identified more with Eastern Christianity, the prayer is found in Western Christianity in the catechism of Catholic Church. It also is used in conjunction with the recent innovation of Anglican Prayer Beads.

Singer: Patrick Lenk



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Unrelated to Orthodox Music, but related to Christian music.

Hiddles&Stan4life's comment on the above video:
The lyrics of the song echo a cry for the coming of the prophesied Messiah, Jesus.

The full lyrics were taken out from verses in the Bible:

As Emmanuel (Isaiah 8:8) — “God with us” — he will pay the ransom that only a God-man can pay.

As Rod of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1), springing from a dead stump, he will free his people, by death and resurrection, from Satan’s tyranny, and make them free forever.

As the Day-spring (Luke 1:78) — the dawn of God’s kingdom — he will be the light of the world, and banish the hopelessness of darkness.

As the Key of David (Isaiah 22:22), he rescues us from hell, locks the door behind us, unlocks the door of heaven, and brings us home.

And as the Desire of nations (Haggai 2:7), he will draw the ransomed from every people and make them a kingdom of peace.

Sources that might help you understand a bit better:

Edit. The church (Iglesia de la Encarnacion) is based in Montefrio, Spain.

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What's the view of metal and rock in the Orthodox community? Is it completely frowned upon, like in evangelical circles? I have an Orthodox friend who avoids listening to anything with a beat. Then again, I heard about a metal band called "Batyushka", which claims to be formed by Russian Orthodox priests. Not sure if it's legit or not.

Viktor Zeegelaar

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Haven't seen one in this sub. Decided to share great pieces and chants from the Orthodox Church. It is also fitting because Western and Eastern Christmas are just around the corner.

Утверди, Боже (Strengthen [me], God)

Megaloschemos II

Ο Θεός ήλθοσαν έθνη (God came to [the] nations)

Agni Paterne (female voice)

С Богом, братья мои.
A blessing for the soul. Thanks for sharing.

The first picture in Megaloschemos II is the most based picture I've ever seen.