Recorded: Nikolo Malitsky Monastery of Tver
Sound producer: Pavel Timofeev
Executive producer: Anton Yakovlev
The catalogue number: RS 0209
The Byzantine Chorus of the Mykolaiv Malicky Male Monastery:
Artistic director of choir: Vsevolod Babitsky
Regent: Seraphim Ershov
Soloists: Ivan Krasovitov, Maksim Kapranov, Serafim Astakhov, Ivan Gribkov.
The Byzantine choir of the Nikolo-Malitsky Monastery was created by the efforts of the igumen Boris (Tupouva), who gathered choristers who studied Byzantine singing in Greece. Some of them lived on Mount Athos for a long time and absorbed the tradition of holy worship. The choir performs songs in the Slavic and Ancient Greek languages.
The choir takes its name from one of the most revered in the entire Orthodox world images of the Holy Virgin - «Dignified There» (Greek. «Axion Estin»), which is located in the capital of Athos, in the ancient temple of Protat. Before this icon, in the 10th century, the hymn «Worth Eating» was performed for the first time after the miracle of Archangel Gabriel. Since then, this hymn has become part of the main chants of the Orthodox Church and is sung at every Liturgy all over the world.
The mission of the choir is to carry the Afon tradition of Byzantine singing, thus complementing the general charter of the Nikolo-Malitsky Monastery. Currently, the choir works in the monastery and also participates in the services of various local churches in Russia, Cyprus, Greece and Athos.
Byzantine church singing unites Orthodox Christians from all over the world. The Russian Byzantine choir of the Malicky Monastery, through its ministry, contributes little to the strengthening of the unity of the World Orthodox Church.
1. The Great Litany (Athonite)
2. 1st Stasis Typica
3. 2nd Stasis Typica
4. The Beatitudes
5. The Small Entrance
6. Troparia and kontakion
7. The Thrice-holy Hymn 3rd Tone
8. Dynamis 3rd Tone by Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas
9. The Epistle, Alleluia
10. The Gospel
11. The Litany of Fervent Supplication
12. The Cherubic Hymn by Theodore Focaevs 1st Tone
13. The Great Entrance, «That we may receive the King of all»
14. The Litany of Oblation
15. The Symbol of Faith
16. The Anaphora 3rd Tone
17. It is Truly Meet by Nektarios Vlachos 1st Tone
18. The Litany of Supplication
19. The Lord's Prayer, the Communion Hymn
20. «Receive the Body of Christ» in 1st Tone
21. «We have seen the true light», «Let our mouth be filled with Thy praise»
22. The End of the Liturgy
23. The dismissal, Polyhronion