CD Chants of the Great Lent
You can also purchase the downloadable version of this album.
Orthodox worship texts are a great treasure of spiritual wisdom. A person who listens to the words from the Holy Scripture, the Psalms, prayers, and canons that convey the godsent spiritual experience of the holy ascetics, holy teachers and hierarchs of the Church, can partake of the Holy Orthodox faith with their help. The services of the Great Lent and the Holy Pascha are especially notable thanks to their expressiveness and depth.
Chants of the Great Lent CD album features a selection of Lenten chants performed by the Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent using mainly znamenny, Valamo, Kievan, and Bulgarian chant patterns.
The ascetic and chaste sound of the two-part chants featured in this album, such as By the Rivers of Babylon, Now the Heavenly Hosts, Your Fatherly Embrace, etc., as well as the atmosphere of Lenten services as a whole, teach the faithful that the Lent is a period of deep humility and true repentance. This album closes with The Lament of the Theotokos, which is an example of a Russian spiritual canticle that expresses the believers' soulful and profound feelings of repentance.