Byzantine Chanters Release Christmas Album

Byzantine Chanters Release Christmas Album


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina.  In preparation for one of the most joyful days of the Orthodox church, the feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ, two chanters are using their voices and an ancient tradition to tell the story of the Nativity.

The Christmas album, “Byzantine Ark- Nativity of God Incarnate,” is Byzantine Arka compilation of hymns from the Orthodox Church, produced by Demetri Petropoulos and Nathan Speir.

“We want to preserve and promote the true essence of Byzantine music- especially here in the south, most people don’t know what Byzantine ecclesial music is,” Petropoulos said.

Ecclesiastical music is a form of prayer, and was developed in the Byzantine Empire from the establishment of its capital, Constantinople in 330.

The music waByzArk_3s cultivated with great caution by inspired composers and spiritual leaders of the Church, and expresses the religious sentiments of thanksgiving, hope and love toward God.

“Byzantine Ark- Nativity of God Incarnate,” is available for download on December 1, via major streaming sites including iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Hymns on the 30-minute long album include: Prepare O BethlehemOn This Day the Virgin, and Christ is Born; Glorify Him.

Petropoulos is organizing a Byzantine choir at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox CathedrByzArk_1al in Charlotte.

He and Speir plan to record hymns in English, after completing a second album on The Feast of the Theophany, or baptism of Christ.

“Eventually we’d like to chant the Paraklasis for newer saints, like Saint Porphyrios and Saint Paisios,” Petropoulos said.

To hear a preview of the album, click here.


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