[ by Charles Cameron — this post models the transition from nuclear threat to celestial peace — a transition our poor minds surely, sorely need ]
I’m very fond of sacred choral music, and the Orthodox sacred choral music of Russia can be beautiful indeed. Some of that beauty can be heard in this performance in the Cathedral of St. Isaac in St Petersburg, which drew a standing ovation and sustained applause just a week ago:
The Eparchy, or ecclesiastical authority, however, “eventually” expressed displeasure with the event. One might wonder why?
Radio Free Europe’s report provides the answer:
The song’s first verse describes a nuclear submarine with “a dozen little bombs of 100 megatons each” crossing the Atlantic.
“I call to the targeting officer,” the lyric goes, “‘Take aim, Petrov, at Washington!'”
While we can still draw breath, you at least deserve a taste of Russian chant of the kind targeted at the heart of God: