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Service of Saint Silouan the Athonite

Description

This CD is the most recent (2004) to be recorded by the Monks of Simonopetra Monastery on Mt. Athos. It includes hymnology from the services of Vespers and Matins for the feast of St. Silouan. While recorded in Greece by the monks of Simonopetra, the CD is copyrighted by The Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England, the monastery St. Silouan founded late in his life. Liner notes in English and Greek, no hymn text.

The Service of Saint Silouan the Athonite (1866–1938) chanted in Greek by the Monks of Simonopetra Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece.

Listen to a sample of this beautiful service, in the form of the Dismissal Hymn (the Apolytikion) to the Saint:

 


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Track Listing

1. Bells of the Russian Monastery, Mt. Athos
2. Lord, I cry; Tone 1
3. Let us now praise with hymns of gladness; Tone 1
4. From a child thou didst seek after God; Tone 1
5. What songs of thanksgivings; Tone 2
6. Doxastikon of Vespers; Tone 6
7. O Tender Light
8. Hail, wondrous Silouan; Tone 5
9. Hail, thou that wast joined unto Christ; Tone 5
10. Apolytikion of St. Silouan, Tone 3
11. Glory and now, Mother of God and Virgin rejoice; Tone 5
12. The rich do lack and suffer hunger; Tone 5
13. Selections of verses from the psalter for a Monk Ascetic; Tone 6
14. Canon, 1st Ode; Tones 4 & 6
15. Let us pray unto the Lord; 6th Ode
16. Kontakion; Oikos; Synaxarion
17. Canon; 9th Ode
18. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord; Tone 8
19. O Wondrous father Silouan, equal in honour to the fathers of old; Tone 8
20. Love of God is the fulfilling of the law and grace; Tone 8
21. Doxastikon of Lauds; Tone 5
22. Doxology; Tone 5
23. Megalynarion of St. Silouan
24. Yearning for God (reading)
25. Yearning for God (chanted; Tone 5)

Review

“This CD is a welcome new release of Byzantine liturgical chant from one of the foremost monasteries on Mt. Athos, well known for their previous series of weekly service recordings. This is likely to become a particular favorite, given that it includes the hymns for the commemoration of St. Silouan the Athonite, an Athonite monastic saint of the late 20th century. It is chanted in the ‘Simonopetra’ style, with a choir of male cantor voices, and a delightful ison. This could very well be the only recording of the Apolytikion and Megalynarion of St. Silouan, and the entire service is chanted with palpable devotion and respect. This recording is nicely done, capturing and conveying the feeling of being in a monastery catholikon or chapel on St. Silouan’s feast day. Particularly responsible for this feeling is the inclusion of “Selection of verses from the psalter for a Monk Ascetic,” and the read and chanted versions of ‘Yearning for God.'”

— Benjamin Williams

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