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Life-Giving Wood
(Feast of the Elevation of the Cross)
performed by St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale

Life-Giving Wood (Feast of the Elevation of the Cross) performed by St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale
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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.

Total Recording Time: 63:27



Track Listing

Title   Sample
1. Stichera - The Cross is raised on high
Special Melody, Having set all your hope
   
2. Litya - The tree of true life
Bulgarian Chant
   
3. Aposticha - Hail, O life bearing cross
Pattern Melody
 
4. God is the Lord; Troparion
Greek chant
   
5. We bow low
Chant of New Skete
 
6. No sooner was the wood
Kievan Chant
   
7. Magnification
Bakhmetev
   
8. In times past
Special Melody, That which was commanded
   
9. Prokeimenon
Znamenny chant
   
10. O Cross of Christ
Kievan chant
   
11. Canon Ode 1 and 3
Kievan chant
   
12. In paradise of old
Special Melody, That which was commanded
   
13. Canon Ode 4,5,6
Kievan chant
   
14. Kontakion, Oikos
Byzantine chant
 
15. Canon Ode 7, 8, 9
Kievan chant
 
16. Exapostilarion; The Cross is the guardian
 Putevoi Chant, J. von Gardner
 
17. Exapostilarion; Today the Cross is exalted
Special Melody
   
18. Stichara at the Praises
Pattern Melody
 
19. Lord, have mercy
Lvovsky, Grigory
   
20. Before Your Cross
Bakhmetev
   
21. Stichera for the Veneration
Special Melody
   
22. First Antiphon
Znamenny chant
   
23. Second Antiphon
Znamenny chant
   
24. Troparion
Byzantine chant
   
25. Before Your Cross
Byzantine, James Meena
 
26. Megalynarion
Karam, Fredrick
 
27. Koinonikon; The Light of Your Countenance
Schoepp, Anne
   
28. Koinonikon for Friday; God is Our King
Morosan, Vladimir
 

Product Details

  • Choir: St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale
  • Conductor: Alice Hughes and Anne Schoepp
  • Audio CD (Sept 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HU1284
 
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