So tell me, are there such things as Orthodox Christmas Carols. Do they sing these in Greece, Russia or Romania?
Does anyone know of any CD's of Orthodox Christmas Carols?
Yes, they are called "kalanta" in the Greek Orthodox tradition. There are three types: Christmas Kalanta, New Year Kalanta and Epiphany Kalanta.
Children in Greece go house to house singing the Kalanta through the 12 days of Christmas, and they are also sung in Churches and monasteries, often before or after trapeza (refectory, i.e. a shared meal).
The most well known Kalanta is the New Year Kalanta called "ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â³ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¹ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â±ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¯ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â»ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â·ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂµÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â±ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¹"
or "St. Basil is Coming" (whose feast day is New Year's Day.) There was a thread about this Kalanta here: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=7662.msg99596#msg99596
I don't know about CD's, but if you have Windows Media Player, you can hear 3 Christmas Kalanta sung by the Byzantine Church Choir of the Church of Greece here: http://www.ecclesia.gr/Multimedia/Audio_Index/xmas_2004/tr2.wma
"Come Let us Behold o Faithful..."
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"The Indivisible All, How Does He Enter the Womb?...."