After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY





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John-Peter Presson

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Masters, Fathers bless.

I found this recording in my archive recently and posted it to my SoundCloud file


--it is a recording of the Anaphora responses in Greek as chanted in the old Patriarchal style -plainchanted as opposed to chanted to the long melodic forms used from the 19th Century on in various composed "leitourgica". At first their austerity may be disconcerting to listeners accustomed to tuneful or virtuosic Leitourgika, but when they are placed in sequence with the celebrant’s recitations, one is led to a deeper appreciation of the thematic unity and spiritual power of the great Eucharistic Prayer attributed to St. John Chrysostom. This simplicity serves to clarify the textual structure of the responses.  They are simple, elegant responses to the Eucharistic dialogue, similar in concept to the "Dominus vobiscum" dialogue of the pre-Vatican II high mass ritual, in contrast to the more contemporary practice of using the responses as a sort of  "musical wallpaper" for the priest's eucharistic prayers (for the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, for the chant geeks out there, the lag time for the priest's prayers is not that great, and as is demonstrated the English sample from our Schola Cantorum, most of the lag is easily filled).

It is interesting to note that this WAS the standard of the Patriarchal chapel for many centuries, and the practice of using more extended was imported into the Patriarchate after attempts, particularly by Athenagoras 2 to replace the chant tradition with more contemporary Sakalleridis melodies and westernized compositions into the Patriarchal Church.
Aficianados of the Greek Byzantine Choir of the late Archon Protopsaltis Lycourgos Angelopoulos will recognize these responses from their Divine Liturgy CD, now out of print.

The Cathedral Schola in Portland chants it in English at 14:21 in this clip https://soundcloud.com/john-p-presson/part-two-of-yesterdays-liturgy-with-the-st-marks-cathedral-choir-members and has done so in this form for several years.

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

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