Wednesday, April 22, 2020

An Especially Beautiful Byzantine Chant for Easter

If it seems like I’ve been posting been posting a lot of Byzantine videos lately, it’s because, as in every liturgical tradition, Holy Week and Easter are the period for which much of the finest music has been written for that rite. Case in point: this extraordinary version of the Exapostilarion of Easter, here performed in a concert given in Rome in October of 2012 by the National “Dumka” Choir, which is very famous in Ukraine, conducted by Yevgeny Savchuk. This particular chant comes from the tradition of the Monastery of the Holy Dormition in Pochayiv, about 85 miles to the east of Lviv.

To all those who follow the Julian Calendar, and are now in the middle of Bright Week, a most blessed and happy Easter - Christ is risen!

Having fallen asleep in the flesh as a mortal man, o King and Lord, Thou didst rise on the third day, raising Adam from corruption, and destroying death: O Pascha of incorruption, the Salvation of the world!

Плотїю oуснув, яко мертвъ, Царю и Господи, тридневенъ воскреслъ еси, Адама воздвигъ от тли, и oупразднивъ смерть: Пасха нетлѣнїѧ, мира спасенїе.

Σαρκὶ ὑπνώσας ὡς θνητός, ὁ Βασιλεὺς καὶ Κύριος, τριήμερος ἐξανέστης, Ἀδὰμ ἐγείρας ἐκ φθορᾶς, καὶ καταργήσας θάνατον, Πάσχα τῆς ἀφθαρσίας, τοῦ κόσμου σωτήριον.

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