With an Open Heart: Sounds of Worship
The music found in this beautiful collection, above all reflects the very nature of the parish from whence it was born: Saint Anthony Orthodox Church in Bergenfield, N.J.
As you listen to this music, it is important to know that our parish began as a true pan-Orthodox parish; it did not morph into a pan-Orthodox parish from a “national” type parish. The intention from the start was to be precisely as it turned out to be, and to use our varied musical traditions in tandem, as a witness to the reality that our spiritual hearts were open to each other through liturgical music and chant. Thus the title: With an Open Heart. This recording therefore is a physical manifestation of our parish’s essence, if you will. Included here are selections of music taken from both the Daily Cycle and the Seasonal Cycle, that is, daily from the Eucharistic Liturgy, Orthros or Matins and Great Vespers, and seasonally, from the Christmas Season, from Great Lent and Holy Week, and finally from Holy Pascha. And just like our worship, although you will hear most of this music in English, you will also hear some of the most striking pieces in Arabic, Greek, Romanian, Slavonic, Georgian, and so on.
2. The Great Ectenia D. Pappas, adapted by S. Mandalakis
6. The Trisagion Hymn M. Aprahamian
8. Arabic Cherubic Hymn, Arabic Melody, arranged by P. Hilko
20. Phos Ilaron Entrance Hymn for Vespers Sakellarides, arranged by S. Mandalakis
21. Alleluiarion, Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight Mode Plagal IV Bridegroom Matins Troparion Byzantine Chant, adapted by Basil Kazan§
Total playing time - 78:54