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Akathist Service, Saint Alexis Toth: Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America (CD)

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It is with great joy we sing and share the Akathist to our Father among the Saints, St. Alexis Toth, a confessor and defender of Orthodoxy in America. St. Alexis was a teacher and enlightener of the Orthodox faith in America. Under his leadership, Orthodoxy gained a firm foothold in America. His missionary work eventually brought 17 parishes to the Orthodox Faith with an estimated 29,000 people. When St. Patriarch Tikhon was recalled to Russia, he “entrusted his work to the hands of Father Toth in whom he had the greatest confidence.” He has been called the Father of Orthodoxy in America and in official periodicals (among them The New Catholic Encyclopedia) it has been estimated that “more than half of 400,000 Russian Orthodox in the USA are descendents of his converts.” St. Alexis died on May 7th, 1909 after suffering from an ailment for five months. When his body was exhumed in 1916 to be placed in the stone mausoleum behind the Church, it was found to be incorrupt. As one eye witness stated: “When St. Alexis’ coffin was opened, it was seen that his body appeared as it might if he had just reposed the same day.’ St. Alexis was glorified at St. Tikhon’s Monastery during the 90th Memorial Day Pilgrimage in 1994. Today, his mostly incorrupt remains reside at St. Tikhon’s Monastery.

-From the back cover

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Bless the Lord O My Soul: Chants of Orthodox Russia, Georgia, and Byzantium

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The chant of the Orthodox Church, an ancient and richly varied tradition, is characterized by a certain simplicity—even austerity—of expression, coupled with an ecstatic inner joy and radiance. The Orthodox Fathers refer to this quality, common to the whole spiritual and liturgical life of the Orthodox Church, as “sorrowful joy.” Unlike much of the music of the West from the past six or seven centuries, traditional Orthodox chant, remaining closely linked to the expression of liturgical texts, knows very little of either outward emotive drama or inner complexity of musical form. The real power and beauty of Orthodox chant lies in its capacity to quiet the mind and the senses, to soften the heart, and, with the cooperation of our free will, to prepare the soul to receive the incarnate Word of God within itself.

This recording presents a number of examples of traditional Orthodox chant, primarily from the Russian tradition, in various styles and arrangements. Featured prominently on the recording is the Russian style of chant known as Znamenny chant, which, despite three centuries of Western influence, the Russian church continued to recognize as the principal form of “canonical singing” all the way up to the Revolution. In recent decades, chant has experienced a significant revival all over the Orthodox world, both in the “old country” and the new, and this present recording from St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir is but one humble attempt to make these beautiful, uplifting, and transcendent melodies a little better known to English speakers.
—Benedict Sheehan, Director

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Byzantine Chant in Arabic

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All tracks are chanted in Arabic by Rana Nassour-Derbaly, recorded in August of 2008.

Rana Nassour-Derbaly was born in Latakia, Syria and began learning Byzantine Chant from a very young age. Early on she was recognized for her angelic voice and her talent for music. Rana studied hymnography for six years under the direction of Father Boulos Yazege, now Metropolitan of Aleppo, Syria. Afterwards she continued studying under Father Boulos’ brother, Father (John) Youhanna Yazege, now bishop of the Monastery of St George in Amar El Hosn, and former dean of the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Balamand University. In all, Rana has studied Syro-Byzantine music for 15 years and is well versed in the reading and technical interpretation of this music and its principles. In 1995, Rana married George Derbaly and the couple moved to the United States shortly thereafter. They have two children Anna, and Spiro.

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Hymns of Holy Russia in the New World

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Note that the digital download of this CD does not include the 12 page booklet.

In 2013, three esteemed theological seminaries in America— each of them in their turn an offspring of Russian Orthodoxy—celebrated major anniversaries: St. Tikhon’s Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Seminary together marked 75 years, and Holy Trinity Seminary its 65th. As a way of commemorating these joint anniversaries, the select student choirs of the three institutions came together to form a single ensemble for the first time in their respective histories. Gathering at St. Tikhon’s Seminary a few days prior to the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, the 25 young men who were invited to participate in the event rigorously prepared to sing Vigil and Divine Liturgy with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at St. Tikhon’s Monastery (America’s oldest Monastery, founded in 1905), and afterwards to perform a public concert. The present CD is a live recording of this concert, which took place on March 3, 2013, in the Episcopal Pro-Cathedral of St. Stephen, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. Guiding the proceedings was the world-renowned Russian conductor Vladimir Gorbik, who was invited to prepare the choir for this historic event.

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Memory Eternal: An Orthodox Christian Requiem

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The music on this recording is entirely based on arrangements of traditional Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical chant. Many of the melodies recorded here will be familiar to our listeners, but some of them – especially the settings by S.V. Smolensky – may be new to many people. In 1904, Stepan Vasilievich Smolensky (1848-1909), a distinguished Russian musicologist and director of the Moscow Synodal School, published a setting of the Panikhida (Memorial Service) for male choir in honor of the tenth anniversary of the repose of Tsar Alexander III. Smolensky based his new arrangements on melodies that were the fruit of his meticulous research into ancient Russian chant, applying to them the modal, and distinctly Russian, harmonic idiom of the late nineteenth century Synodal School composers. The result is an exceedingly beautiful and rich body of hymns for the Panikhida that, to our knowledge, has never before been recorded in English. Clearly, Smolensky’s settings deserve to be better known, and it is our sincere hope that his music – along with all the music on this recording – find a place in the repertoire of American church choirs. With God’s help, printed sheet music of all the settings here, arranged both for male and mixed choir, will be available through St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press in the near future.

-Benedict Sheehan, conductor

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Orthodox Two Part Music: Volume 1, The Divine Liturgy

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“Orthodox two part music is based primarily on Znamenny Chant and is given as an offering to the Church in America with the hope that it will transcend jurisdictional boundaries.”

-Igumen Sergius, abbot of St Tikhon’s Monastery

This CD contains two part tracks for the entirety of Liturgy, including the daily communion hymns and an extra anaphora and Axion Estin setting. Total running time is 43:34.

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Patriarchal Divine Liturgy Vol. 2

Recorded live at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Church, Nov. 10, 1991

Main Celebrant: His Holiness Patriarch Alexei II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Service Responses Sung by: A Choir of Orthodox faithful assembled from throughout America

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Sing Praises to our God: A Selection of Orthodox Liturgical Hymns, Special Edition Re-Release

This CD is indefinitely out of print, but is available for digital download.

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The music of the Orthodox Church can be likened to an icon and a window into the Kingdom of God, reflecting and imaging forth the New Life which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brings to us as Orthodox Christians. The liturgical arts of the Orthodox Church have a sacramental aspect and can bear God’s transformative grace when they are embraced with a correct spiritual disposition and within the canonical disciplines of the Church’s ethos and practice. Orthodox music is not an end but a means to an end: to draw closer to the Lord and to live more fervently the sacramental-ascetical life of the Church, fanning the fire of grace that the Church gives to us in the Sacraments. Orthodox Music, because it can be a vessel of God’s grace, has tremendous power to change, instruct, and enlighten us, bearing the inspired Spirit-filled words of Scriptures, Psalms, Canticles, Patristic Homilies and hymns written by Saints who themselves had the transforming deifying vision of Christ in Glory.

We give fervent thanks to God for allowing us to be co-workers with Him in this part of the Church’s ministry and for the immense and profound beauty enshrined within the Church’s vast treasury of Her 2,000 year old Liturgical Tradition which has more power to reach, teach, and transform our world than could be humanly conceived. We thank our Metropolitan Herman, our Bishop Tikhon, our Dean Father Michael Dahulich, and especially Father Theodore Heckman for the many years of un-paid un-acclaimed work he has done for Orthodox Church music in America, (and to all those who offered music for our use), as well as to the many who labored in making this compact disc possible. We humbly offer it to the Church and to our land here in America with the hopes of reaching the hearts of those who are seeking to know the fullness of Truth and Life that is only found in our Lord Jesus Christ through His One, Holy, Apostolic, Orthodox Church.

-Father Sergius, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, Spring 2007

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir: Selections from the Divine Liturgy

1. The Great Litany
2. Antiphon I
3. Antiphon II/Only Begotten Son
4. The Beatitudes
5. O Come, Let Us Worship
6. Troparia: St. Tikhon; St. Theodosius of Chernigov; Kondak to St. Herman of Alaska
7. O Lord, Save
8. Trisagion
9. Alleluia
10. Litany of Fervent Supplication
11. Cherubic Hymn
12. Creed
13. A Mercy of Peace
14. It Is Truly Meet
15. Our Father
16. Psalm 136
17. Receive the Body
18. Let Our Mouths Be Filled
19. Blessed Be The Name
20. Dostoyno Yest

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