Orthodox Christians are outraged by the performance at the St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
February 23, 2019 – During a secular concert, a choir performed a humorous song about a nuclear strike on Washington1 at the St. Isaac’s Cathedral2 on the Defender of the Fatherland Day. This fact provoked widespread outrage from the Orthodox Christians, reports Center for Information and Analysis referencing pravmir.ru.
“Slowly the missiles float away –
Do not wait to see them again.
And although we feel a bit sorry for America –
England, of course, is ahead …”
“Now it (the song – Ed.) sounds utterly blasphemous! […] From an artistic point of view, a poem, transcribed into simple music, in itself looks pathetic. But within the walls of the church and, in particular, within the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, representing the best traditions of Russian culture in general and Church culture in particular, this work has no place. This song has nothing but primitive idiocy. […] In addition to the feeling of deep sadness, not even outrage, but sadness and anguish, such an event can not cause me anything” – says Father Georgiy
- Center for Information and Analysis, SOVA – The Orthodox public is outraged at the execution in St. Isaac’s Cathedral of a humorous song about the bombing of the USA
- Father Sergey (Senchukov)’s Facebook personal page – commentary about the controversial song in the St Isaac’s Cathedral
- Daily online-edition “Orthodoxy and World”, Pravmir.ru –
- News Agency Segodnya’s Youtube Channel – Choir Isaac sang a song about a nuclear strike on Washington
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- The song “On the submarine” was written at the beginning of the 80s parodying Soviet foreign policy.
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the Russian Orthodox Church’s cathedral representing the best traditions of Russian culture in general and the Church culture in particular. Currently, it is owned by the State and has the status of a museum with a concert hall. In 2017, St. Petersburg’s Administration announced the decree to transfer ownership rights of the Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church on the basis of the federal law of 2010 “On the transfer of religious property to religious organizations”. This announcement caused a controversial reaction among inhabitants of St. Petersburg.