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Ancient and Artful Devotions

Took a whole day off today, without feeling blitzed or overwhelmed. Well, maybe still a little overwhelmed. We collected the in-laws and drove out to Clinton, Massachusetts (not far from Bolton, for those in the know), enjoying the waning colors of fall on our way out. Our destination was a Museum of Russian Icons, right there in the middle of rural Eastern Massachusetts.

We’ve been meaning to visit this museum for years. My hubby went to Russia back in the old Soviet days and saw some rather fabulous iconography there. We had no idea what to expect, but we went anyway and were not disappointed.

The museum’s collection goes back to the 1400s. I took (non-flash) photos – but of course – and tried to find some Russian liturgical music to accompany them. Do you have ANY idea how difficult it is to find free downloads of Russian liturgical music?? And, once I found it, I had to continue the search to find something that wouldn’t put me to sleep in the first two minutes. I guess glory to God is not a musically high-energy tradition in the Eastern Orthodox world. More like “Mwwwwaaaaaaaaaa zuuuuuuuuu meeeeeeeeee…” You get the idea.

I finally did find something a bit more energetic. It’s by those wild and crazy “Monks and Choirs of Kiev Pechersk Lavra,” performing their hit single: “Small Doxology.” I hope you enjoy the show!


Writer, Walker, Entrepreneur, baby-boomer

10 thoughts on “Ancient and Artful Devotions

  1. Wonderful stuff!

    Several years ago, my mother, sisters and I went to a small exhibit of Russian Icons at the Biedenharn Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. It seemed oddly “cultural” for northeast Louisiana, but a local art collector had a beautiful selection.

    1. Our experience was much like yours. What’s a Russian religious icon museum doing out in the middle of apple country? But, what a delight it was!

  2. More like “Mwwwwaaaaaaaaaa zuuuuuuuuu meeeeeeeeee…”

    And bass lines that drop through the floor, beyond the range of most men’s voices, or am I thinking of another Russian music genre?

    Not meaning to sound ignorant… I took a 500 level Russian music literature class from a very delightful professor from St. Petersburg back in the day, but either my memory is dim or my study wasn’t intense enough.

    1. Yes, the basso profundo. There were a few like that. Pretty amazing, but I needed to find something a bit snappier for the slide show. I finally did, but it required some hunting!

  3. Beautiful! I had no idea that was even in Clinton. There used to be a restaurant in Clinton that was at one time a train stop. Not sure if its even there still but I’m guessing the museum is fairly new. I will defintely have to check that out the next time I’m back home. Thanks for placing that together and sharing with us. The pictures set to the music were wonderful.

      1. I grew up in the Hudson/Marlboro area and only moved out west about 9 years ago. Clinton was only a hop, skip and a jump from me. I remember President Carter visited Clinton back in the 1970s. I was in the 3rd grade and it was a pretty big deal then. 🙂

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