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.

"Life Giving Wood" Sheet Music

Tracks: 28

Group: St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale

Conductor(s): Alice Hughes and Anne Schoepp

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Song Name Composer/Chant Time Sample Audio
1. The Cross is raised on high 5:11 Sample Audio
2. Litya: The tree of true life Bulgarian Tone 1, Alice Hughes 2:42 Sample Audio
3. Aposticha: Hail, O Life-bearing Cross Pattern Melody, David Anderson 4:51 Sample Audio
4. God is the Lord & O Lord, save Your people Russo-Greek Tone 1 3:03 Sample Audio
5. Sessional: We bow low Chant of New Skete 2:33 Sample Audio
6. Sessional: No sooner was the wood Kievan Tone 6 0:50 Sample Audio
7. Magnification: We magnify You, O Christ Russian Common Chant, Bakmetev 1:31 Sample Audio
8. Sessional: In times past Special Melody “That which was commanded,” Anne Schoepp 1:49 Sample Audio
9. Prokeimenon: All the ends of the earth Znamenny Tone 4 0:57 Sample Audio
10. Festal Refrains and Sticheron: O Cross of Christ Kievan Tone 6 1:34 Sample Audio
11. Canon Ode 1: Inscribing the invincible weapon
Canon Ode 3: The rod of Aaron
Kievan Tone 8 4:42 Sample Audio
12. Sessional: In paradise of old Special Melody 1:47 Sample Audio
13. Canon Irmos 4: O Lord, I have heard the mystery
Canon Irmos 5: O thrice-blessed tree
Canon Irmos 6: Jonah stretched out his hands
Kievan Tone 8 1:15 Sample Audio
14. Kontakion: Lifted up of Your own will
Oikos: Paul, who was caught up
Byzantine Tone 4, arr. Schoepp
Byzantine Tone 4, John Smith
1:58 Sample Audio
15. Canon Irmos 7: The senseless decree
Canon Irmos 8: O young men
Canon Refrain & Irmos 9: You are a mystical paradise
Kievan Tone 8 2:20 Sample Audio
16. First Exapostilarion: The Cross is the guardian Putevoi Chant, arr. Johann von Gardner 1:49 Sample Audio
17. Second Exapostilarion: Today the Cross is exalted Special Melody “You who adorn the heavens with stars,” Anne Schoepp 1:09 Sample Audio
18. Stichera at the Praises: O most strange wonder Pattern Melody 4:29 Sample Audio
19. Elevation of the Cross: Lord, have mercy Grigory Lvovsky 2:03 Sample Audio
20. Before Your Cross Common Chant, Bakmetev 1:50 Sample Audio
21. Stichera for the Veneration: Come, ye faithful Special Melody, set by Stephan Meholick 2:43 Sample Audio
22. First Antiphon: O God, my God, attend to me Znamenny Chant 1:42 Sample Audio
23. Second Antiphon: O God, why have You cast us off? Znamenny Chant 1:39 Sample Audio
24. Troparion: O Lord, Save Your People Byzantine Tone 1, Anne Schoepp 1:47 Sample Audio
25. Before Your Cross Byzantine Tone 1, arr. V. Rev. James Meena 1:58 Sample Audio
26. Megalynarion: You are a mystical paradise Greek, arr. Karam 1:10 Sample Audio
27. Koinonikon: The Light of Your Countenance Anne Schoepp 2:35 Sample Audio
28. Koinonikon for Friday: God is Our King Vladimir Morosan 1:32 Sample Audio