Vladyka Job made a habit of being at Christ the Savior parish, his long-time chapel and the chancery offices, for the Royal Hours on the morning of Holy Friday. We would walk over to his throne and ask him if he wanted to sing the XV antiphon, and he would humbly demure and say ‘maybe.’ Then, he would slowly walk over to the choir at the appointed time, give the two pitches with his finger pointing up or down, just like in the video, and then sing the antiphon in the Carpathian chant, usually with the now-Fr. Herman singing ison. It was always one of the more memorable and anticipated moments of Holy Week.
Thanks for posting this video, I did not know it existed.
This was posted by a friend on facebook and it’s my joy to share it here. The wonderful moments such as you describe are among my favorite stories that I hear from faithful about their bishops. The relationship with our hierarchs is properly intensely personal (in the fullest sense of that word) and develop over time. The Diocese of the South had Vladyka Dmitri for 30 years, and continues to enjoy him in his retirement. You can go nowhere in the South without stories of his kindness and patience and his complete joy in just visiting informally with faithful, answering questions and telling stories. The first time I met him (before my conversion) was in just such a setting. I enjoyed him in my home in such encounters a number of times. The ministry of Christ seems to have taken place in such settings most of the time. You are blessed to have had such a hierarch. The OCA is deeply indebted to his courage and his integrity.
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On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the unnailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb.
May his memory be eternal!
Christ is in our midst!
I remember this very antiphon since my early youth. The church in our village packed, late on Holy Thursday evening, stores closed, people keeping silent and waiting the end of the 5th reading from the Gospel, and then the Cross coming out of the Altar in the accompaniment of this hymn. I think many felt very strongly about this moment, I can recall so many faces around that were tearful (my grandmother is always so on this occasion) and there were so many flowers! Everyone brought flowers along, some a couple, most brought whole wreaths that they laid upon the Soma. It’s one of the memories I treasure more fondly and I still feel moved when this time of the year comes (though I now have the added privilege of chanting the hymn with the choir). I just cannot imagine how one could merely describe in words how the crucifixion feels.
Thank you for this beautiful video. I was searching for a mind-blowing Holy Week audio or video to send to spiritually starved friends who are considering seeking into Orthodoxy from out of their evangelical tradition. This one of the 15th Antiphon really fits the bill. I’m sure it will suck them into the vortex like nothing else can. It’s the one that clenched the deal for me 11 years ago when I was seeking.
The 15th Antiphon of Great and Holy Friday Matins Sung by Archbishop Job of the Midwest
Today He Who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the Tree (x3).
Thy King of the Angels is decked with a crown of thorns.
He Who wraps the heavens in clouds, is wrapped in the purple of mockery.
He Who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face.
The Bridegroom of the Church, is affixed to the Cross with nails.
The Son of the Virgin is pierced by the spear.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ (x3).
Show us also Thy glorious, Resurrection.