Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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Program: #05-40   Air Date: Sep 26, 2005

We return to the Benedictine Abbey of Chevetogne in Belgium with the latest from their stunning body of recordings, as this unique group continues its mission of uniting the ancient division between western & eastern Christianity through musical service.

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: [email protected]
This is the current e mail address of Fr. Thomas
Pott, current music director--new as of January 2005.
Again, thank you for you enthusiastic support for the program;
we hope to continue this series for some time.

Robert Aubry Davis

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. Office of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
(Harmonia Mundi CD HMA 190567).

Canon of the Feast (Sept. 14th):

"Moses traced the shape of a cross." (Ex. XV, 1-19).
"A rod is the sign of this mystery." (I Sam. II, 1-10).
"I have known, Lord, the mystery." (Hab. III, 2-19).
"O thrice-blessed wound." (Is. XXVI, 9-21).
"In the belly of the sea monster." (Jonah II, 3-10).
"The insane command of the impious tyrant." (Dan. III, 25-56).
"Three in number like the Trinity." (Dan. III, 57-88).
Troparion of the Feast: "Magnify my soul, most precious Cross of the Lord.

II. Chants Liturgique Slave (CD 109/301)

Hymn of the Cherubim: "We who mystically represent the Cherubim."

First Cathisma of Vespers: "Blessed the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly."

Troparion for Monastic Profession (Sung as the candidate is brought into the church): "Hasten to open unto me the arms of the Father."

Service for the Ordination of Priests and Deacons:
--Troparia: "O holy martyrs who have fought the good fight."
"Glory to Thee, Christ God."
"Rejoice, Isaiah, for a Virgin is with child."
--Kyrie eleison.
--"Axios" ("He is worthy"--each time the bishop shows the congregation one of the vestments which he is to confer upon the newly ordained priest, the choir responds with this acclamation).

Hymns Sung at the Consecration of a Church:
--Psalm 23: "The Lord is my Shepherd."
--Hymns for the Procession of the Relics: "O strength of those who set their hope in Thee."
"O Master and Creator of the vault of heavens."
"By thy command didst thou erect the earth upon nothing."
--Psalm 24: "Who is the King of Glory?"

CD Info

CD HMA 190567, CD 109/301

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