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Glory to God: Akathist of Thanksgiving

This Akathist, also called the Akathist of Thanksgiving, was composed by Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov in prison camp shortly before his death in 1940. His work is a comprehensive celebration of Gods glory as found throughout a broad examination of life and in the smallest things and most mundane circumstances. It is a celebration as understood perhaps best by one from whom all beauty was seemingly denied, a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings. The title is taken from the words of St. John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile.

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Life-Giving Wood

The Elevation of the Cross, celebrated on September 14th, commemorates the fourth-century discovery of the miracle-working Cross of Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. It also commemorates the recovery of the Cross from the Persians by the emperor Heraclius in the seventh century. At that time, it was “elevated” in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, which Saint Helen had built in its honor. To this day, bishops and priests in the Orthodox Church raise up the Cross on the feast day as the faithful continually chant “Lord have mercy” (Track 19). The Cross is raised as our symbol of victory over death, strength and healing for the faithful, and our reminder that we find eternal life through self-denial in this life.

This disc includes all the variable hymnography for the feast, and features many special melodies from various chant traditions, as well as some newer compositions. Settings range from Byzantine melody with ison and unison Znamenny chants to rich choral harmony. Many pieces are sung by various smaller ensembles within the St Lawrence Orthodox Chorale, a fifteen-voice group of select singers from St. Lawrence Orthodox Christian Church in Felton, CA.

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Rejoice, O Virgin

This is a collection of hymns to the Mother of God which express her role in our salvation and the Church’s love for her. The music is drawn from various traditions and includes several Byzantine arrangements.

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Selections from the Divine Liturgy

This recording features hymns and prayers from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The music is drawn from several traditions and includes several selections by contemporary American composers.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

This recording, sung by children aged 9 – 16, begins with selections from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and moves on to festal selections from the church year, a couple of favorite Orthodox carols, ending with Psalm 23, and Many Years.  The music is drawn from several traditions and includes several selections by contemporary American composers. Settings vary between Byzantine melody with ison,  two-part music, and some settings which include a third part for the changing voice.

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