From the School of Ecclesiastic Music (SEM) in the Orthodox Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon, a selection of Paschal (Easter) chants in Arabic, including the Paschal Troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”
The video begins with the dialogue at the doors of the church, characteristic of the Rush Service of Pascha:
Priest: Lift up your gates, O you princes; and be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory shall enter in!
A response comes from inside:
Voice: Who is the King of glory?
Priest: The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in war!
March 5, 2017 “Let us begin the season of fasting with rejoicing, giving ourselves to spiritual strife, purifying soul and body, fasting from passions, as we fast from foods, faring on the virtues of the Spirit, which if we continue to long for, we shall all be worthy to behold the most solemn Passion of … Read more
One of Fr. Joseph’s favorite Orthodox recordings, “Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and Other Lenten Hymns,” is available for download from Amazon, it is also available on iTunes, and directly from SVS Press. TRACK LISTING: 1. The Great Litany2. Lord I Call Upon Thee–Tone 3 (Kievan Chant)…3. O Gladsome Light (Znamenny Chant)4. Let My Prayer … Read more
Let those of us who have wisely finished the course of fasting and who celebrate with love the beginning of the suffering of the Passion of the Lord, let us all, my brothers, zealously imitate the purity of self-controlled Joseph; Let us fear the sterility of the fig tree; Let us dry up through almsgiving … Read more
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 Great Lent, 2017 Beloved Clergy and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese: The season of the Great Fast is upon us in preparation of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Now is the time … Read more