A Byzantine Requiem

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Program: #04-38   Air Date: Sep 13, 2004


NOTE: All of the music on this program is from one of the recordings made by the Choir of the Monks of Chevetogne directed by Fr. Thomas Pott.

Dear Friends of Millennium of Music:

Even by the standards of our most popular program, we have been gratified (and taken aback) by the overwhelming response we have received from this series dedicated to the work of the monks of Chevetogne. To this end, we are providing some extra information on how to reach the monks on line or by mail.

Monastère de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix
Rue du monastère 65
B - 5590 - Chevetogne

Tel.: + 32 (0)83 21.17.63
Fax: + 32 (0)83 21.60.45

Email addresses of the Monastery:
• Main address: [email protected]

Again, thank you for you enthusiastic support for the program; we hope to continue this series for some time.

Robert Aubry Davis

This recording of the Orthodox Funeral Service ("Office des funerailles") is CD number CH/CD 110/503. You may reach the Abbey at their web site:

The program is sponsored in part by the Belgian Tourist Office and the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. For more information on visiting Belgium (including the Abbey), you may contact the Belgian Tourist Office at:

I. On the Way from the House to the Church

  • 1st Stasis: Blessed are those who way is blameless.
  • (Deacon)--Again we pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God.
  • 2nd Stasis: Thy hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding.
  • 3rd Stasis: Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is thy wont towards
    those who love thy name.

II. In the Church

  • Evlogitaria: The choir of Saints has found the source of life and the door to Paradise.
  • Kathismata (short hymn): Give rest, O our Savior.
  • Canon of Biblical Odes: Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of your servants.
  • Kontakion of the Dead: You are earth, and you will go back to earth; to which all we mortals will go making our funeral lament a song.

III. Farewell; The Last Kiss

  • Eight Stichera (hymns using the eight tones of the Byzantine liturgy).
  • Idiomels of Monk John: What pleasure in life remains without its share of sorrow?
  • The Beatitudes.
  • The Final Kiss: Come, let us give the final kiss, brethren, to the dead.
  • Trisagion (Prayer to the Holy Trinity).
  • Eternal Memory: (Taking up the remains, the procession leaves for the cemetery).

CD Info

CH/CD 110/503

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