Peter Michaelides: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Completed in 1960, this outstanding choral setting of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy is also one of the first to have been written in English, using the official translation of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
Greek-American composer Peter Michaelides perceptively combines elements of Byzantine chant with modern neo-classicism to create unaccompanied liturgical music of uncommon elegance and spiritual depth. The CD comes with a deluxe 20-page booklet with extensive essays and full color photography of the stunning St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, California.
The CD comes with a deluxe 20-page booklet with extensive essays and full color photography of the stunning St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, California, for whose choir Dr. Michaelides wrote several liturgical works, including the hymn in honor of St. Barbara included on this present recording. Sung primarily in English, the recording features selections in Greek and in Arabic.
1. Opening Blessing and Litany of Peace
2. First Antiphon
3-4. Second Antiphon
5-6. Entrance with Holy Gospel
7. Apolytikion of St. Barbara
8. Kontakion of the Forefeast of the Nativity
10. Prokeimenon and Apostle
13. Litany of Fervent Supplication
14-17. Cherubic Hymn
18. Litany of the Precious Gifts and Kiss of Peace
19. The Creed
20-23. The Holy Oblation (Anaphora)
24. Litany of the Lord’s Prayer
25. The Lord’s Prayer
26. Communion of the Clergy
27-28. Distribution of Holy Communion
29-30. Post-Communion Hymns
31-32. Thanksgiving and (Constantinopolitan) Dismissal
33-34. Final (Monastic) Dismissal