Advent, Youtube, Chant, Music, Video, Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the Stars of Night is an Advent chant with words from the 9th century. The music, Conditor lame siderum, is plainsong chant, mode 4. This rendition is by two choir members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde. Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you…

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Sacred Music: Liturgical Treasures from Bulgaria

The music of Eastern Orthodox worship is distinctive and often characterized, and unfortunately sometimes stereotyped, by the deep, booming male voices. This is unfortunate as the sacred music of Orthodoxy is much more diverse and balanced than is often thought. This is certainly true for a new CD being released by Valley Entertainment, “Liturgical Treasures…

Christmas 2C, Flight to Egypt, Matthew 2:13-23, Richard Causton, George Szirtes, King's College

“The Flight” by Richard Causton and George Szirtes

One option for this coming Sunday’s gospel is the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23). I can no longer hear this story without also hearing the words of poet George Szirtes and the music of Richard Causton. Richard Causton is the composer of the 2015 commissioned Christmas Carol, “The Flight,” performed by King’s…

Divna Ljubojević, In Search of Divine Light, Sacred Music, Byzantine Music, Eastern Orthodox Music

Divna – In Search of Divine Light

Sometimes music is entertaining. Sometimes it’s the background noise that keeps us company. Sometimes it is an escape. Then there are those other times. The music takes us somewhere. It returns us to ourselves, taking us into the “deep heart.” That’s how I experience the music of Divna. I was, therefore, delighted when Valley Entertainment…