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CDs for the Nativity Season
Christ Is Born Recorded at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in 2004, this CD contains many of the hymns for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The music is taken primarily from the Great Znamenny melodies of the Festal Menaion, printed in St. Petersburg by the Holy Synod of the Russian Church in 1900. Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastic Choir English, 52 Minutes
Molieben For Those Struggling with Alcohol or Drug Addiction
Produced in 2008 by the St. Elisabeth Convent in Belarus, this beautiful audio CD (in Church Slavonic) contains a Molieben (prayer of supplication) for those dealing with alcohol and/or drug addictions. The second part of the CD (also in Church Slavonic) contains the Akathist to the "Inexhaustable Chalice" Ikon of the Theotokos.
Musical settings by Boris Ledkovsky, and sung by the St Elisabeth Orthodox Choir from Minsk, Belarus.
Morning Prayers and The Prayers Before Sleep Here, pronounced clearly and calmly by a monk from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, are the basic daily prayers said by all Orthodox Christians of the Russian Tradition. We hope that this recording will help those who, through a multitude of worldly cares and responsibilities, are sometimes tempted to skip their daily prayers. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross English
Rule of Preparation for Holy Communion
Prayerfully chanted by a monk from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, this CD contains: The Canons to the Savior, the Mother of God, and the Guardian Angel - The Akathist to the Mother of God - the Psalms, Canon, and Prayers for Holy Communion. These are the prayers that Russian Orthodox Christians say in order to spiritually prepare themselves to participate in the awesome Mystery of the Divine Liturgy. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross English, 66 minutes
Psalter on CD
Orthodox Psalter Psalms 3 CD Set
A beautiful 3 audio CD set of The Psalter from our friends at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross (2011). They have recorded the reading of the Psalter in English on three compact discs (214 minutes). The text of the Psalms was translated by Holy TransfigurationMonastery in Brookline, MA, from the 1821 Moscow edition of the Greek Septuagint Psalter, the most trusted and reliable of all extant printings of the the traditional Greek text of Orthodox Church. The Psalms are read in a manner common to Orthodox prayer services: a simple intonation minimizing any possibility of subjective interpretation. The arrangement of the Psalms into tracks on this disc also follows the liturgical practice of the Orthodox Church, where the whole Psalter is divided into twenty Kathismata and each Kathisma into three stases. Each stasis is concluded with a Trinitarian Doxology. The Psalter is read (spoken) by a monk of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. The packaging is full-color, with the three discs attached to a tri-fold “digi-pak”, all of which slides into a sturdy slipcover. Our hope is that those who purchase this recording will reap years of spiritual benefit from the use of the recording, which is an excellent accompaniment on a daily commute, road trip, or a day at work (from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross).
Disc I Kathisma I-VII
Disc II Kathisma VIII-XIV
Disc III Kathisma XV-XX
3 Audio CDs
Sacred Treasures CDs (click orange arrow below to listen)
Sacred Treasures vol. I: Choral Masterworks from Russia
WONDERFUL choral music!! Sung by the finest Russian and Bulgarian choirs, this extraordinary collection of transcendent prayers and hymns highlights a timeless Russian tradition of faith and devotion. For sheer beauty, there is little to match it anywhere in the world. The solemn ecstasy in the music of the Russian Orthodox Church can trace its roots back to the earliest days of Christian worship, via the great Byzantine Empire of the Near East. In Church Slavonic.
1. Russian Cathedral Bells
2. Great Ektenia
3. Hymn of Praise
4. Hymn of the Cherubim (Rachmaninov)
5. Hymn of the Cherubim (Bortniansky)
6. Our Father (Kedrov)
7. Fervent Supplication
8. The Noble Joseph
9. Amen, And with Thy Spirit
10. Russian Monastic Vespers
11. Bless the Lord, O my Soul
12. Hymn of the Cherubim (Tchaikovsky)
13. Hymn of the Cherubim (Christov)
14. Our Father (Tchaikovsky)
15. I Have Chosen the Blissful
16. Hymn of the Cherubim (Lvovski)
17. Final Bells
Sacred Treasures vol. III: Choral Masterworks from Russia and Beyond
The fourteen selections comprising Sacred Treasures III feature music from the Russian liturgical canon recorded in sumptuously reverberant settings by leading Russian choruses. With a state-of-the-art mastering job to fully display the subtle harmonic interplay of the singers, this release offers pure balm for the ear and soul.
The music covers a wide burst of historically important pieces, from ancient Greek Orthodox chant through early 20th Century choral masterpieces of Rachmaninov, plus one modern fantasy setting of Bach's Apollonian masterpiece "Komm Susser Tod" ("Come Sweet Death") by Scandinavian composer Gunnar Eriksson.
The collection opens with an anonymous 13th Century Russian "Alleluia," set in the calmest tradition of the Orthodox service, followed by a "Sourp, Sourp" ("Holy, Holy") from the Divine Liturgy. Both are sung by the ST. PETERSBURG CHAMBER CHOIR, directed by Nikolai Korniev. More familiar, perhaps, are the four sections of Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom from 1910, sung by the large Russian State Symphony capella. There are three additional sections from Rachmaninov's Vespers collection of 1915, sung by the USSR MINISTRY OF CULTURE CHAMBER CHOIR under Valery Polyansky's direction. Should you know of savage beasts in need of calming, the Kiev Chant "Peaceful Light" (track 10) from Rachmaninov's Vespers will turn away all monsters.
The recording also aims to represent the reverential dignity of the music. Following the traditions of the Orthodox Church, no instruments are sounded - not even bells. Everything about the music and the physical setting in which it is heard is designed to produce a feeling of heavenly peace. The music is never harsh, but rather blends into the richly decorated surroundings, lit primarily by candle light. All of these selections are designed to fit within the soft golden glow of ecclesiastical tranquillity.
Rachmaninov's seven pieces are spread among a variety of other unusual works ranging from the wordless "Chorale" by Josef Ketchakmadze to the little "Serenade" by Rachmaninov's composition teacher, Sergei Taneyev (1850-1915), sung by the LEGE ARTIS CHAMBER CHOIR under Boris Abalian's direction in St. Catherine's Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg. (Yes, they have Protestant and Catholic churches in Russia.)
Easily the most unusual and unexpected item in the collection is the setting of "The Lord's Prayer" by of all people Rimsky-Korsakov. Known for his virtuoso orchestral music, few will expect so deeply devout and reverent a piece from this composer. Although his choral music is rarely performed or recorded, he published several collections of religious texts, as well as 39 superb choral settings of Russian folk tunes. This version of "Our Father" is drawn from Rimsky's Opus 22 collection.
Sacred Treasures vol. V: From a Russian Cathedral
SACRED TREASURES V: FROM A RUSSIAN CATHEDRAL features mainly 20th century and contemporary composers. There are several selections from "Liturgy of Peace" by Archbishop lonafan (Yeletskyh) of Kiev in which the eastern "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" is sung to the melodies of Western Gregorian chants, creating a musical synthesis of the two traditions. All the pieces and performances are infused with a solemn and deeply devotional quality. The singing is spacious and warm, creating an atmosphere of holiness and benediction. The intention was to weave hymns and verses into a seamless tapestry in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the individual elements of the compilation become movements in a choral symphony of timeless beauty. Sung in Church Slavonic.
2. Our Father (N. Kedrov, Sr.)
3. Ektenia of Fervent Supplication (N. Frunza)
4. Grant This, O Lord (Sergei Rachmaninov)
5. Bless the Lord, Praise the Lord, Amen (Archbishop Ionafan)
6. The Sound of Spirit-Choral Epilogue (Georgia Kelly)
7. Holy God (Georgiy Sviridov)
8. To Thee We Sing (Dobri Christov)
9. Ektenia (Sergei Rachmaninov)
10. Dominus Vobiscum (Urmas Sisask)
11. O Gentle Light (17th Century Traditional)
12. To Thee We Sing (P. Tchaikovsky)
13. It Is Truly Meet (harmonized by M. Konstantinov)
Ancient Hymns of Pascha This recording by the monastic choir from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross includes all the hymns of Paschal Matins, including the Paschal Canon in its entirety, and a few of the special hymns from the Paschal Divine Liturgy. In addition to Russian chant, the CD also includes chant of Byzantine and Georgian origin. Chanted in English.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastic Choir English, 53 minutes
Ostrov (The Island)
The best representation of Orthodox monastic life ever portrayed on film! The story begins in northern Russia during World War II. A Russian coal barge with a two-man crew is captured by a Nazi patrol boat. The Nazis force the young cowardly Russian furnace stoker, Anatolii, to shoot his captain. The Nazis blow up the barge but Anatolii is rescued by monks from a nearby monastery. Anatolii spends the rest of his life repenting in sorrow, and through this repentance becomes a God-bearing Fool-for-Christ who, with his God-inspired insights into human hearts, gives miraculous help to suffering people who come to him for aid. Nearing death Anatolii’s own suffering is resolved through a miraculous manifestation of forgiveness. Very powerful, and moving story! DVD-9, NTSC, Widescreen, 112 minutes In Russian with English subtitles, with instructions included.