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Cycles of Grace:
Hymns from the Great Feasts
by Fr. Apostolos Hill

Cycles of Grace: Hymns from the Great Feasts by Fr. Apostolos Hill
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Two Disc CD Set

In the Eastern Christian tradition, the cycle of Great Feasts follows the Church's liturgical calendar beginning on September 1 and running through August. It is comprised of twelve fixed and variable Feasts, with Pascha (Easter in the West), the "feast of feasts" around which all the rest are centered. Pascha is the ultimate variable feast, with its date changing each year. Associated with Pascha are the feasts of Palm Sunday, Ascension and Pentecost that precede or follow it by a specific number of days. Thus these Great Feasts tend to be associated together.

This recording is comprised of two CDs, and is specifically focused on the Great Feasts of the Lord. Unlike Nativity and Pascha which are also holidays in our culture, and thus both visible and available for all who desire to attend, most of the Major Feasts occur on fixed days in the liturgical year, and are often celebrated on week days, making attendance difficult for many. Thus at one level, this recording makes the hymnology of the Feasts more readily available. At another level, it offers a selection of representative hymns from these Feasts available in English.

Includes thorough liner notes, comments from the artist, and complete hymn text in English. Also included is a bonus track: a favorite liturgical hymn of Fr. Hill that is seldom recorded.

Total Recording Time: 77:30:00

Track Listing

Title   Sample
1. Troparia. Nativity of the Theotokos. Tone 4  
2. Kontakion. Nativity of the Theotokos. Tone 4
3. Aposticha of the Exaltation of the Cross. Vespers. Tone 5  
4. Troparion of the Exaltation of the Cross. Tone 1
5. Katavasias of the Cross. Tone 8
5. Canon Odes 1, 3, 6, Entrance of the Theotokos
6. Exapostelarion of the Exaltation of the Cross. Tone 3
7. Troparion of the Entrance of the Theotokos. Tone 4  
8. Exapostelarion of the Entrance of the Theotokos. Tone 2
9. Excerpt from the 9th Hour of the Royal Hours of Christmas. Tone 6  
10. Kontakion of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Tone 3
11. Troparion of the Nativity of Christ. Tone 4
12. Katavasias of the Nativity of Christ. Tone 1  
13. Glory of the Praises. Matins. Synaxis of the Theotokos. Tone 6
14. Troparion of the Forefeast of the Theophany. Tone 4  
15. The Great Blessing of the Waters. Tone 8
16. Troparion of the Theophany. Tone 1  
17. Kontakion of the Theophany. Tone 4  
18. Doxastikon of the Theophany. Tone 6
19. Troparion of the Synaxis of John the Baptist. Tone 2
20. At the Lity, Theophany
21. Troparion (Great Vespers)  
22. Kontakion, Theophany  
23. Exapostilarion, Theophany
24. Troparion, Annunciation of the Theotokos
25. Kontakion, Annunciation of the Theotokos
26. Katavasias, Annunciation of the Theotokos
27. Doxastikon, Annunciation of the Theotokos
28. Come Receive the Light, Orthros of Pascha
29. Doxastikon, Orthros of Pascha
30. Troparion, Ascension
31. Exapostelarion, Ascension
32. Troparion, Pentecost
33. The Great Prokeimenon
34. Before Thy Cross, Pentecost
35. Troparion, Transfiguration
36. Kontakion, Transfiguration
37. Exapostilarion, Transfiguration
38. Doxastikon (Matins), Transfiguration
39. Troparion, Dormition of Theotokos
40. Glory & Now (after Ps. 141), Dormition of Theotokos

Product Details

  • Performer: Fr. Apostolos Hill
  • Composer: Fr. Apostolos Hill
  • Audio CD (August 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Liturgica Music
  • ASIN: B000EBFLJ0
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