A set of original spiritual songs drawing from the Orthodox Christian tradition, with words taken from a variety of mainly Orthodox sources.
1. Come Little Boat
Poem by a great Friend, inspired by a recent Saint who devoted his life to Christ and longed to be with him, but had more work to do on this earth first for us his children...
2. Voice of Love
"Be still, be quiet, the truth is not in the storm, turn down the noise and listen to the Voice of Love..."
3. Kirya Yefefiya
Original music composition and text processing by MAUREEN NEHEDAR (www.maureennehedar.com/en/ ), from her song "Beautiful Heights" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPOXnOHpxfI ) who very kindly gave me permission to use her music and words, (after the first verse, I have sung the words in English rather than Hebrew). The last words, from "O weep no more, daughter of Jerusalem" to the end, are words we added, with Maureen's permission. Maureen is a highly acclaimed contemporary Jewish-Israeli composer of Iranian origin. Many thanks to her for her generosity!
4. Love your Enemies
Words from St. Silouan, who in his earthly life was a monk living on Mount Athos, and who is now venerated as a Saint in the Orthodox Church.
5. Like the Prodigal Son
Prayer taken from 'A Psalter for Prayer', Holy Trinity Publications, pocket ed., p.271
6. Jesus Prayer
Prayer of the hesychastic tradition
Normally not put to music, but spoken repeatedly aloud, and also in the mind and heart, the arrangement is Mother Juliania's, from the St. Elizabeth Convent in Minsk.
7. Irish Prayer
Words adapted from an early Irish monastic prayer
8. Love is Simple
Words from the writings of St. John of Kronstadt, who lived in Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
9. O Give Thanks unto the Lord
Words taken from Psalm 136, music adapted from traditional byzantine melody.
10. Mair of Penrhys
Poem written by Dafydd Wyn, a member of an Orthodox parish in Cardiff.
11. My Soul Magnifies the Lord
Words of the traditional 'Magnificat' as sung in Orthodox services. It is taken from a Slavonic equivalent whose music is arranged by Mother Juliania (see 'Jesus Prayer')
12. In the Divine Liturgy
Adapted from a Romanian Orthodox spiritual song 'Aşa grăieşte Domnul Slavei'. First and last verses sung in Romanian by Anamaria Ciucanu. Translation by Alexandru Alistarh.
13. With Those Eyes
Words from 'A Pilgrim's Book of Prayers', by Gilbert Shaw, p.16. (The words are from the Western tradition, and so, concerning the reference to 'Magdalene', it can be noted that the Orthodox tradition does not identify the woman who washes Christ's feet with her tears as being Mary Magdalene.)
14. Come Little Boat (raw phone-recorded original)
See track 1.
Recordings by Kate Griffin in the UK (kategriffincreative.com) and Steffen Lutter in Berlin (tonblende.com)
Other singers in the group songs are Ana Kiknadze, Ionella Marinutsa and Thomai Coustas
Harp played by Ionella Marinutsa
Whistle and Cello played by Rebecca Vucetic
These songs came into being with much guidance and the loving and prayerful support of many people. Thanks and glory to God.
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