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Orthodox Christmas Carols
« on: November 20, 2009, 06:28:12 PM »
For those who may be interested, there are now paraliturgical Christmas Carols on the web at :
http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/sacred_music/CarolsofNativity-Set2.pdf
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http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/sacred_music/CarolsOfTheNativity.pdf

Par-Liturgical means that they can be used at home  and in caroling but are not for use in place of Orthodox Hymns set for matins, vespers, or Divine Liturgy. Most of the Texts were adaptations utilizing American Rhyming inspired by Orthodox Kontacion and Troparion by Father Jack Sparks and set to music by Richard Toensing. They are very Orthodox in setting and text and could be included in you home carol sings etc during the season.

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 07:08:10 PM »
Does this mean your Bishops would not allowing singing Full Length Hymns outside of service? Im just curious about the sacredness of their teachings when Liturgy is over. Would it be appropriate?

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009, 02:07:59 AM »
Our bishops allow carol-singing in Church and we do it at the communion of the priest and the people, before the sermon that is, and at the end of the liturgy and vespers.
But that's the Romanian Church.
I've seen that Americans are more strict about this.

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009, 04:03:02 PM »
augustin717, it's called convertitis ;)

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009, 04:47:31 PM »
It's a time honored tradition among the Carpatho-Rusyns of both Catholic and Orthodox bent to sing paraliturgical hymns during communion, even in the Old Country.
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 07:36:05 PM »
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009, 08:40:11 PM »
Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgsz_Rc0JVg
This is one of the few videos that present the authentic and old  way of caroling proper to the Romanian village (and to a larger area in the Balkans and Carpathians I assume).
The repertoire is very old and very local. The content is not overtly religious, at least not in a very dogmatic Christian way, the group of carolers seems to be traditional as well, and the footage is not  a staged, "artistic" rendition of these folk customs.

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2009, 08:58:58 PM »
Traditionally, children sing carols door to door in Greece ringing triangles and receive sweets from the house's occupants in return for their blessing.
Here's the most well known Christmas Carol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgnpBGmGlx4

The translation is:

Good evening noblemen
If this is your will,
Christ’s holy birth
May I sing in your noble house
Christ is being born today
In the town of Bethlehem
Heavens rejoice
All of nature is happy.

Inside the cave (He) is being born
In a manger for horses
The King of all the universe
The Creator of everything.
A crowd of angels are singing,
“Hossana in the highest!”,
And holy is
The faith of the shepherds.

From Persia three magi arrive
With their gifts
A bright star shows them the way
Without any delay.

In this house where we have come
May no stone ever crack
And the Master of the house
May he live for many years.

« Last Edit: December 20, 2009, 09:08:47 PM by ozgeorge »
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2009, 08:55:28 PM »
Schultz is correct that the singing of carols is a time honored custom among the Rusyns both in Europe and the Americas. I should note that it is never the custom to substitute the proper verses of Matins, Vespers etc. with such carols. In the chant tradition of the Rusyns, the melody only of the carol  "Divnaja Novina" is adapted to the proper words of the Cherubic Hymn during the Nativity season.  Several of the venerable songs (many of which have Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish variants) are available for listening at the ACROD website as sung by the St. John's Orthodox Church Male Chorus of Bridgeport, CT. USA.  http://www.acrod.org/multimedia/audio/liturgicalmusic/pchant-christmascarols

Also Nebo i Zemlya ( Heaven and Earth)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvVp9x1ay3Y
« Last Edit: December 22, 2009, 08:58:03 PM by podkarpatska »

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2009, 09:08:15 PM »
I've got one...


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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2009, 09:11:10 PM »
The old German carol Stille Nacht (Silent Night) has been rendered in many languages. Here's a particularly beautiful version, sung by the nuns of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity at Murom, near Moscow:

http://dl.biblion.realin.ru/audio/36_Russkaya_duhovnaya_muzyka._YAko_blagochestivago_korene/15_Tihaya_noch.mp3

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2009, 11:29:21 AM »
I've got one...


Jingle Bells, Heretics Smell! Arius is reposed!...

I don't think rejoicing over the death of anyone is cause for celebration.
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2009, 02:27:46 PM »
I've got one...


Jingle Bells, Heretics Smell! Arius is reposed!...

I don't think rejoicing over the death of anyone is cause for celebration.
sorry, I had a fever when I wrote it. :D
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2009, 02:29:45 PM »
I've got one...


Jingle Bells, Heretics Smell! Arius is reposed!...

I don't think rejoicing over the death of anyone is cause for celebration.
sorry, I had a fever when I wrote it. :D

Quite all right, it's just that there's been this sentiment floating around the forums lately for some reason.  :)  No harm done.
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2009, 07:02:51 PM »
Schultz is correct that the singing of carols is a time honored custom among the Rusyns both in Europe and the Americas. I should note that it is never the custom to substitute the proper verses of Matins, Vespers etc. with such carols. In the chant tradition of the Rusyns, the melody only of the carol  "Divnaja Novina" is adapted to the proper words of the Cherubic Hymn during the Nativity season.  Several of the venerable songs (many of which have Ukrainian, Slovak, Polish variants) are available for listening at the ACROD website as sung by the St. John's Orthodox Church Male Chorus of Bridgeport, CT. USA.  http://www.acrod.org/multimedia/audio/liturgicalmusic/pchant-christmascarols

Also Nebo i Zemlya ( Heaven and Earth)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvVp9x1ay3Y
Beautiful carol. Romanians have a version of it, as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJw6yVAXWek

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2009, 10:10:30 PM »
ACROD added four more audio files from St. Michael's Choir in Binghamton, NY USA.http://www.acrod.org/multimedia/audio/liturgicalmusic/pchant-christmascarols

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2009, 02:24:55 PM »
Traditional Byzantine Carol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHckQsqemQ8

The God who is without beginning has descendeth and dwelt in the Virgin
eroorem-eroorem-eroorerooh-eroorem, rejoice 0 spotless one.
Thou art the King of all and the Lord, Thou came to refashion Adam
eroorem-eroorem-eroorerooh-eroorem, rejoice 0 spotless one.
Ye mortals rejoice and be glad, ye angelic hosts jubilate
eroorem-eroorem-eroorerooh-eroorem, rejoice 0 spotless one.
Come hither to see in the cave, laying in the manger, the Lord
eroorem-eroorem-erooreroorem, rejoice 0 Sovereign Lady.
Magi from the East are coming, bearing noble gifts
eroorem-eroorem-erooreroorem, rejoice 0 Sovereign Lady.
Herod heard the news and trembled with fury the godless one
teriririrem-teriririrem-tem and ananes, rejoice 0 spotless one.
Following an unexpected course, the magi from Persia came
teriririrem-teriririrem-tem and ananes, rejoice 0 spotless one.
Out of wickedness, the tyrant ordered the slaughter of all Rachel's children
teriririrem-teriririrem-tem and ananes, rejoice 0 spotless one.
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2009, 06:27:21 PM »
Here's one of my most belowed Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas carols:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5mTyoYkERc&feature=related

The words are amazing: "God is being born - just who can comprehend that? His name is Jesus, and Mary is His Mother. Behold, the angels are fearing the Newborn; here, a steer is standing and trembling; there, a donkey is grazing, and he is bewildered; the shepherds are falling down on their knees, as they see God in human flesh; all of that is here, here, here..."
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2009, 06:41:43 PM »
A couple of somewhat exotic (at least to me, a guy who was born and raised in very urban environment of the capital of Ukraine...), very rural, rustic, Carpathian Ukrainian Christmas "Kolyadky":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llcn6LFpNo8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahBj6wcUZ1Q&feature=related
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2009, 06:45:32 PM »
And this, that's a classic, I heard it since I was little... "A new joy we now have, one that was never before - a bright star is shining over the manger..."

(The clip shows mostly the Carpathian mountains in winter, but also some Kyiv scenes, esp. the St. Sophia cathedral and the St. Michael's Golden-Domed monastery.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXjK9VFAnzk&feature=related
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2009, 09:40:33 PM »
Christ is Born! Glorify Him! for all who celebrate  Our Savior's birth this day! Thank you Heorhij.  Here is the Nova radost stala melody chanted to the words of the Cherubic Hymn by Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos  at his 50th Anniversary last January in New Jersey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFswLtgG2zQ
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2009, 12:07:54 PM »
^^Thank you!

Here's more of Ukie carols:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p1TskIXsu0

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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2009, 12:10:59 PM »
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Re: Orthodox Christmas Carols
« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2009, 02:02:26 PM »
'Niebo i ziemla' in Romanian rock!

I'd like to prove that Belarusians are as good as Ukrainians but I can't find any place that you can download the carols without registering (and forms are in Polish ;))
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