Burial as practised according to the Byzantine rite actually begins in the house of the deceased as a proper ‘stational liturgy’. From there, the cortege proceeds to the cemetary, passing through the church along the way. The cortege – with its stop in church – is like an icon of human life. The way is a unique and identical one, both for the living and the dead, not only because everyone will have to cross over the same boundary from the present to the future life, but also because the road that leads from our first birth to our ‘new birth’ is nothing but the indivisible movement of life. The present recording contains the funeral service nearly in its entirety, from the procession into the church to the one leaving the church.
Playing time: CD 1: 65'26 CD 2: 56'05
Dir.: P. Thomas Pott Booklet: Slavonic, French, English, German.
Introduction: French, Dutch, English, German.
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.