Publisher: Boston Byzantine Choir
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PASCHA-The Feast of Feasts. The Festival of Festivals. No other day in the Orthodox calendar is celebrated with such majesty and splendor. The Paschal troparion, sung many times by the Church on the Eve of the Feast and throughout the Paschal Season until the Feast of the Ascension, explains her joy: ?Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. The bright sadness of Holy Week presented on the previous disc by the Boston Byzantine Choir (Thy Passion) is transformed on Holy Saturday morning to unwaning light during the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil. Anticipation and wonder are translated to exuberance and culminate in the Paschal Vigil and Liturgy. On this fourth recording marking the Boston Byzantine Choir's 15th year, the Orthodox Paschal journey from death to resurrection, from the vigil at the darkened tomb to the sublime and radiant light of the angel at the empty tomb of the Risen Christ, is expressed through the Church's unique hymns and services. The joyful exclamations of ?Christ is risen??expressed most eloquently and passionately in the homily of St. John Chrysostom "reverberate throughout the night and well into the morning. It cannot be explained" it must be experienced. Liner notes in English with complete hymn text.