Slowly our little church choir will sing all the parts of the Liturgy and record them here. None of the music is very difficult but is accessible for small church choirs. Matushka Elisabeth leads the choir prayerfully. None of them are professional musicians but all do their best to glorify God and enhance the worship in our little parish. Hopefully, by listening to these short recordings, other small choirs starting to learn how to sing the Liturgy in the Russian tradition will find them helpful.
The Holy Liturgy Part 1. Opening blessing until the Little Entrance.
This recording is from the opening of the Holy Liturgy (Blagoslovenu Tsarstvo,,,) up until the end of the Little Entrance. including the Great Litany, Psalms, Little Litanies, Beatitudes and Come Let us Worship... the responses of the Great Litany are in Church Slavonic in a major tonality. The Psalms are in Tone 1. sung in full and in English. The first Little Litany is in Church Slavonic and is in a major tonality, the second Little Litany is sung continuously and is in a minor tonality in Church Slavonic following the "Only Begotten Son and Word of God..." which is also in a minor tonality sung in English. The Beatitudes are sung in English in Tone 1. "O come let us worship..." is sung in English to a simple, traditional chant.
The Holy Liturgy Part 2. The Litanies after the Gospel and The Creed to the Communion Hymn.
This recording includes the Litanies after the Gospel the Creed in English to the Akathist Chant and then carries on into the Dialogue before the Anaphora. The chants of the Anaphora, Litany and Lords Prayer in English and Slavonic up until the Communion Hymn.
The Holy Liturgy Part 3. The Thanksgiving Litany and conclusion of the Holy Liturgy.
This recording includes the Litany of Thanksgiving through to the concluding parts of the Liturgy.
The Litany of Supplication with Lenten responses.
These responses are more somber and in the minor tonality. You can listen to them here. Litany of Supplication with Lenten responses.