To Depart in Peace

My prayer for all today is that wherever you go you may arrive and depart in peace, your eyes “having seen the Savior.” I offer this short video as a prayer. The music if the Nunc Dimittis from Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

7 Responses to “To Depart in Peace”

  1. Meg Says:

    Strange though it may sound, Rachmaninov’s Vespers is one of the things that brought me into Orthodoxy. Thanks for this!

  2. Jack Says:

    This is my favorite one!

  3. a..sinner Says:


  4. David_Bryan Says:

    That iconistas. . .if the icon is, indeed, a proof of God, then I pray for heaven.

    Thank you, Father.

  5. Rdr Joseph Says:

    Yes, Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil), was important to me in my conversion to Orthodoxy, as well as the music of Arvo Part. It was so moving to me to hear beautiful music that really spoke of the transcendance of God.

  6. Meg Lark Says:

    OK, I have to wonder if Rachmaninov made it into heaven solely on the basis of this music, considering how many of us came to Orthodoxy through it! I understand that he wasn’t especially religious in his lifetime, though of course he was a faithful Orthodox Christian — just not on the order of, say, St. John of Kronstadt. 😉 But this music — well, I wouldn’t be surprised to find its composer among the company of the saints, just on the strength of this music.

  7. fatherstephen Says:


    As a resident Tennesseean (Knoxville area), I am aware of the little known fact that Knoxville was the last place the great composer performed.

    Listening to his music, I think it is hard not to hear the heart as well. His years were difficult years for Churchmen. May His memory be eternal. I know that annual pannikhidas are offered at his grave.

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