It's been a long and hard week in the world. As Christians around the world prepare to enter Holy Week, with East and West on the same calendar this year, I was reminded of this extraordinary clip of an Assyrian monk chanting Psalm 53 for Pope Francis during his visit to Georgia last October. He is accompanied by Iraqi and Syrian families, and is chanting in Aramaic. The Church Fathers recommended the Psalms as 'medicine' for unrest of soul. I wonder if, much like Jung's archetypal approach, they helped connect individual suffering to the collective, and created a container for lament.
Here is another hauntingly beautiful clip of Fr. Serafim and parishioners chanting the Trisagion: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have Mercy on Us."