Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ely Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL

There will be a retiring collection in aid of DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal


Tchaikovsky, known primarily for his symphonies, concertos and ballets, was deeply interested in the music and liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, a cappella choral composition, Tchaikovsky composed in 1878. The first performance took place in the Kyiv University Church in June 1879, and the first public performance given by the Russian Musical Society took place in Moscow in December 1880.

John Chrysostom was appointed archbishop of Constantinople in 397 and was one of the most prolific authors in the early Christian church, as well as being an excellent preacher. He revised the Divine Liturgy or celebration of the Holy Eucharist and to this day, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine Rite celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. John was venerated soon after his death, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, there are several feast days dedicated to him, one of which is the 27 January, Translation of the relics of Saint John Chrysostom from Comana to Constantinople.

Prayer for Ukraine is a patriotic hymn which has become the spiritual anthem of Ukraine. First published in 1885, it gained national significance during the Ukrainian war of independence in 1917-1920.

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