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Christ is Born!
Orthodox Hymns for the Nativity of Christ (CD)
by the Monks of Holy Cross Monastery

Christ is Born! Orthodox Hymns for the Nativity of Christ (CD) by the Monks of Holy Cross Monastery
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What can we who are mortal, finite, sinful and weak offer to Him—the Immortal. Infinite, sinless and All-powerful God—Who became circumscribed for us, enduring our poverty that we might share in His riches? The mind staggers and words fail before they have even begun to attempt to hymn that awesome wonder of the God's great condescension: the birth in the flesh of the very God-Man, Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, for two-thousand years Christian hearts have assayed to offer hymns and spiritual songs to this holiest of miracles and most precious of gifts

This CD of hymns from the Divine Services for Christ's Nativity is only the smallest drop in the great river of doxology which has poured from the mouths and hearts of Christ's servants since that cold morning in the cave in Bethlehem.

Most of the music for these English language chant comes from the Russian Synodal chant books. It contains many examples of Great Znamenny chant, a festive style of hymnody containing long, extended melismata that linger lovingly over the precious syllables of prayer.

 

Track Listing

Title   Sample
1. Bells    
2. Aposticha of December 21st
Special Melody “O House of Ephratha”, tone 2 Kievan Chant
   
3. Troparion of the Eve of the Nativity
tone 4, Greek Chant
 
4. Kontakion of the Forefeast of the Nativity
tone 3, Znamenny Chant
   
5. Sticheron of the 9th Hour
tone 6, Znamenny Chant
   
6. Lord I have Cried Stichera 1-3
tone 2, Znamenny Chant
   
7. Lord I have Cried Stichera 4
tone 2, Znamenny Chant
   
8. The First Paramia
tone 6, Znamenny Chant
   
9. Sticheronof the Litya
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
10. Sticheron of the Aposticha
tone 2, Znamenny Chant
   
11. Glory...
tone 4, Znamenny Chant
   
12. Both Now...
tone 4, Znamenny Chant
   
13. Troparion of the Nativity
tone 4, Znamenny Chant
 
14. Stichera after Psalm 50
tone 6, Znamenny Chant
   
15. Heirmos of Ode I, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
 
16. Heirmos of Ode III, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
17. Heirmos of Ode IV, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
18. Heirmos of Ode V, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
19. Heirmos of Ode VI, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
20. The Kondakion of the Nativity
tone 3, Bulgarian chant
 
21. Ode VII, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
22. Ode VIII, Canon I
tone 1, Znamenny Chant
   
23. “Magnify, O My soul...”
Znamenny Chant
   
24. Ode IX, Canon I
Znamenny Chant
   
25. Glory...from the Praises of Matins
tone 6, Znamenny Chant
   
26. Christ is Risen
Znamenny Chant
   
27. Our Savior, the Dayspring (II)
Georgian Chant
   
28. Bells    

 

 
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