More clips, only one now

First, all I have is a little digital voice recorder. I’ve been experimenting with where to put it. Up in the window immediately behind the choir was one idea, but it wasn’t picking up the lowest frequencies very well. That’s where it was at Great Vespers last night (and yes, I’ll excerpt and post later). Today, I put it immediately behind us (the basses), and it worked better — but +Melchisedek was here, the church was packed, and as often as not, the congregation is singing along.

However, I did excerpt the Evlogitaria of the Resurrection from Matins. Three chanters (TTB), Znamenny Tone 5 (2 part, not harmonized), and what I consider to be the ideal prototype of liturgical music. Powerful and moving in its simplicity, the music highlights the text, which after all, is the point.

+Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

The assembly of angels was amazed to see thee numbered among the dead, Thou who hadst destroyed the might of death, O Saviour, and who hast raised up Adam with Thyself, and who hast freed all men from Hades.

+Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

Why do ye mingle myrrh with tears of compassion, O ye women disciples? The radiant angel in the grave addressed the myrrh-bearing women: Behold the grave and exult, for the Saviour hath arisen from the sepulcher.

+Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

At early morn the myrrh-bearers hastened to thy sepulcher with lamentation; but an angel came to them and said: The time for sorrow is ended; weep no more. And tell the Apostles of the Resurrection.

+Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

The myrrh-bearing women came with myrrh unto thy tomb, O Saviour, and they heard an angel saying unto them: Why do ye count the Living among the dead? For, as God, he is risen from the sepulcher.

+Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.

+Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
We worship +the Father and his Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, one in Essence, and we cry out with the seraphim:

+Holy, Holy, Holy are Thou, O Lord!

+Now and forever, and unto ages of ages, amen.

By giving birth to the Giver of Life, O Virgin, thou didst rescue Adam from sin, and thou didst grant Eve joy instead of sorrow; for the God and Man who was incarnate of thee guided back to life him that had fallen away therefrom.

+Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!
+Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!
+Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!

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