CHRIST IS BORN! ORTHODOX HYMNS FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST (CD)
What can we who are mortal, finite, sinful and weak offer to Him—the Immortal. Infinite, sinless and All-powerful God—Who became circumscribed for us, enduring our poverty that we might share in His riches? The mind staggers and words fail before they have even begun to attempt to hymn that awesome wonder of the God's great condescension: the birth in the flesh of the very God-Man, Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, for two-thousand years Christian hearts have assayed to offer hymns and spiritual songs to this holiest of miracles and most precious of gifts
This CD of hymns from the Divine Services for Christ's Nativity is only the smallest drop in the great river of doxology which has poured from the mouths and hearts of Christ's servants since that cold morning in the cave in Bethlehem.
Most of the music for these English language chant comes from the Russian Synodal chant books. It contains many examples of Great Znamenny chant, a festive style of hymnody containing long, extended melismata that linger lovingly over the precious syllables of prayer.