Good Friday in the Holy Sepulchre during the Middle Ages

Good Friday in the Holy Sepulchre during the Middle Ages


Cappella Romana ( is a well known vocal ensemble, which often performs sacred music from the Middle Ages, based on extensive research in original manuscripts from centuries ago.

One of the group’s recent recordings “features Medieval Byzantine Chant composed for 8th- and 9th-century commemorations of Great and Holy Friday in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by some of Jerusalem s great Church Fathers: Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and St. John Damascene. This never-before heard music from Jerusalem opens a window into an ancient world.”

Check out the video above to catch a glimpse of what it sounded like to worship in the Holy Land well over 1,000 years ago. The video features a performance at Trinity Cathedral in Portland from February of this year

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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.