A New Joy – Orthodox Christmas

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The feast of Christmas in the Orthodox Church is properly known as “The Nativity in the flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.” For at least the first four centuries in the history of the Christian Church, it was not a separate celebration on December 25: rather, it was part of the feast of Theophany, literally, the “manifestation of God,” which at once commemorated the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and his initial appearance to the world already as an adult, when he was baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River. This revelation of God as the Holy Trinity – (1) the voice of the Father, (2) the physical presence of the Son, and (3) the Holy Spirit, who descended “in the form of a dove,” – was, for a while, the greatest Christian celebration next to the feast of Christ’s Resurrection, known as the Holy Pascha. Eventually, the Feast of the Nativity was instituted by the Church as a distinct observance on December 25 in the fourth century a.d. to offset the pagan holidays of the Saturnalia, the winter solstice, and the festival of the Invincible Sun (Sol invictus), all of which were celebrated around that day.

Tracklist

1.
Bell-ringing at St. Alexander Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia
00:34
2.
Our Father - Otche nash
03:01
3.
Rejoice, O Virgin
01:26
4.
Verses before the Six Psalms No. 2
01:47
5.
Shepherds of Bethlehem
01:32
6.
Oh, What a Wonder!
02:27
7.
Today the Virgin Gives Birth
01:53
8.
Verses before the Six Psalms No. 1
02:27
9.
The Angels Exclaimed
01:37
10.
A New Joy
01:31
11.
Bells Rang Early In Jerusalem
02:08
12.
When Augustus Ruled Alone upon Earth
03:04
13.
A Song of Good Cheer
01:42
14.
Throughout the World
01:31
15.
The Legend
02:46
16.
Christ is born -Bells. Ode 1
02:58
17.
Christ is born -Ode 3
01:33
18.
Christ is born -Ode 4
02:03
19.
Christ is born -Ode 5
01:41
20.
Christ is born -Ode 6
01:59
21.
Christ is born -Ode 7
02:01
22.
Christ is born -Ode 8
02:09
23.
Christ is born -Refrain before Ode 9
01:08
24.
Christ is born -Ode 9
01:39
25.
God Is With Us
05:16
26.
Blessed Is the Man
03:15

Total time: 00:55:08

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807410DI

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Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

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Original Recording Format

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Brad Michel

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel

Recording location

Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date October 28, 2014

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