These are highlights from a normal liturgy. The iconostasis is quite minimalist, probably for recent (even rebuilding efforts). The liturgy is in Abkhazian and in Slavonic. Some of the chants are quite old.
Very beautiful, thank you for sharing. I’m living near South Ossetia for the school year, and it’s terrible how politics have affected the relationship between the people here, including the churches, these past several hundred years.
Maybe you can explain something to me. In my exploration of Orthodoxy, I have gone to a few Greek liturgies. I was surprised to see people walking in and out of the main room (not the technical term, but you know what I mean), talking in the adjacent galleries, praying individually before icons — all during the liturgy! Needless to say, I was taken a back. I know from my Catholic heritage that people used to pray rosaries and private devotions during the Latin Mass . . . is this a similar phenomenon? It seemed borderline rude, but I figured it was probably something cultural that I was losing in translation, so to speak.
Practice will vary from place to place, but Orthodoxy sees the Church as temple, a place to pray and the House of God. There is more freedom of movement indeed. However, conversations would be considered disrespectul and be discouraged. But acts of piety (lighting candles, etc.) would be fine except during certain time (the Epiclesis, etc. or the processions, etc.).
The only Orthodox Church within reasonable distance of where I live currently has no priest as he died a year ago. My heart aches and yearns to join the one true church. Just watching this video almost had me in tears.
Awww, i wish i could go someday to this kind of liturgy, it seems so perfect, it reflects the real contemplation of God, something totally different to other liturgies, that is something i don´t really understand, why there are so many liturgies, and wich one is the right one?, I mean there has to be one perfect liturgy, the one most close to God, to heaven the most saint one, (sorry for my english)
In Sukhum, in the Central exhibition hall of the Union of artists of Abkhazia opened a photo exhibition “New Athos monastery and Abkhazia in it” and the premiere of two films – “One day of the monastery life” and “History of Christianity in Abkhazia “, every of these movies lasts 26 minutes. The first film shows the life of New Athos monks, and the second tells about the Christianity in Abkhazia from the first preachers to the present days.
I was just wondering what some of those people were doing. I see the comments are gone. I wish we could talk on email, but I guess not. Just delete this when you read it. I reckon it will go straight to your iphone.