As every year, there was a Russian Orthodox Easter service, with the Nimwegen Byzantine Choir conducted by Svetlana van Wielink. The Priest came all from Antwerp. He had in his readings a nice mix of Russian and Flemish accent. grNormally we have the services at the Titus Brandsma Memorial Church. This year we had the service in the Groenestraat Church (pic. left). A regular Byzantine service lasts about 1 hour 30 minutes. The Easter service -as in the version of the Nimwegen Byzantine Choir- lasts 3 hours. A real complete Russian Orthodox Easter service lasts over 4 hours…


This afternoon the first rehearsal for the Byzantine Liturgy on December 10th. I shall be present on the rehearsals of November 14, 21 and 28. As I leave for Somerset on December 1, I have to skip the rehearsal of December 5 and the Holy Liturgy on December 10, as the pane from Exeter arrives too late to attend the Liturgy.

This is one of Kedrov’s “Our Father in heaven”. (Оче наш).