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Arranged for English-language liturgical use in North America, these chants draw from various musical traditions of the Orthodox Church.
This revised edition of Father Alexander Schmemann's Lenten classic examines the meaning of Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian, the Canon of St Andrew of Crete and other neglected or misunderstood treasures of Lenten worship.
Contemplation, prayer, spirituality — these words have become popular in our day among those despairing at the banality and emptiness of the contemporary scene. But popular as well are a myriad of pseudo-spiritualities, each offering its own shortcut to spiritual satisfaction. His Life is Mine is a refreshing contrast. The book deals with prayers, and especially with the "Jesus Prayer" of Orthodox monasticism.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and other Lenten hymns as sung by the St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Choir, directed by David Drillock.
Professor Kesich expertly addresses questions of anti-Semitism and the family quarrels between Jews and Christians in the historical context as well as explaining the trial of Jesus and the purpose of His suffering.
Selections from the All-Night Vigil of the Orthodox Church liturgical music on compact disc
Kevin Smith, director Mark Bailey, associate director Sung by the choirs of St Vladimir's Seminary
Jubilant antiphonal singing and responsorial psalmody, chants, and anthems include, among others:
Way of the Ascetics is a rich, compact introduction for modern readers to the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition that has been an inspiration to millions for centuries. These compassionate and insightful reflections on self-control and inner peace are meant to lead the readers to fuller union with God.
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