Anthology of Byzantine Slavonic chants, dedicated to the theme of Light.
The chants on this CD, all of which are related to the theme of Light, were selected from two intersecting liturgical cycles: the daily cycle and the annual cycle.
Slightly more than half of the chants have been recorded by the monks of Chevetogne between 2002 and 2011, and were featured on previous CDs. Eight chants, as well as the Byzantine and the Latin bells of Chevetogne, have been recorded specially for this CD.
Playing time: 68'40
Dir.: P. Thomas Pott
Booklet: French, English, Dutch, German, Slavonic.
The community of Chevetogne was founded in 1925 by a pioneer of ecumenism in the Roman Catholic Church, Dom Lambert Beauduin. Ever since its foundation the Abbey strives to be a center of prayer, of meeting and theological study.
The monks are liturgically organized in two groups, one celebrating according to the Western tradition, the other according to the Eastern Byzantine tradition. This has been the fundamental option from the very beginning, the two rites having been adopted for ecumenical reasons, in view of the reconcialiation between the christian East and West. In this way the community wishes to embody the primacy of prayer. It is prayer that unites every person, through a laborous path of conversion, as it prepares our communities and Churches to receive fully the gift of unity.
Truly if it is necessary to know one another before there can be mutual appreciation, the first step to reconciliation is to learn from the other who he is. From the very beginning the community of Chevetogne has been committed to learning from the Christian East, particularly from the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Liturgy is celebrated mainly in Slavonic, and sometimes in Greek.
Close relations with the Oriental Orthodox Churches, with the Anglican Communion and the Protestant Churches allow the monks in their daily prayer to be with all the disciples of Christ in the common supplication for the communion between the Churches.