Tracks in English: 1. My spirit seeks Thee early 2. The wrath of God shall fall upon a dishonest people 3. Behold the Bridegroom comes 4. Behold the Bridegroom comes 5. Today the Holy Passion 6. O Judge invisible 7. The first-fruits of the Lord 8. First Ode of the Canon 9. The Kontakion, Oikos & Synaxarion 10. Eighth Ode of the Canon 11. Ninth Ode of the Canon 12. I see Thy bridal chamber 13. Let everything that hath breath 14. When the Lord shall come 15. Welcome, O faithful 16. O Lord, as Thou camest to Thy Passion 17. O Lord, the mother of the sons of Zebedee 18. O Lord, teaching Thy disciples to think perfect thoughts 19. O brethren, let us fear the punishment of the fig-tree 20. The serpent found a second Eve
Description: The first in a series of recording for the days of Holy Week, produced in collaboration with Crete University Press. The Holy Monday recording contains the Bridegroom Service (celebrated on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week)and is accompanied by a full color liner notes booklet over 100 pages, in Greek and English, containing the full hymn text and Byzantine notation. The beginning of a wonderful reference set of Holy Week chant.
Review: As with all Vatopedi recordings, the quality and clarity of the recording is superb. This recording offers the traditional hymns of Holy Monday, and both a contemporary and ancient setting of Behold the Bridegroom Cometh. The Musical School of the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi is one of the cradles of Byzantine music. It has endowed the monastery with a history of cantors, a rich library of books and manuscripts, a collection of recordings, and a rich tradition of chant which is continued by the contemporary choir of Vatopedi fathers. This recording of the Bridesgroom Service, sung in the traditional Athonite fashion and recorded live in the monastery is another monument.