St. Andrew Church Choir

April 5, 2020: 5th Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

Join the Choir's Rehearsal this Coming Sunday!

Use the links below to login for the rehearsal. There are 2 links for 2 rehearsals which will run back-to-back and last 60 minutes (there is a 40-minute time limit on meetings with 3 or more participants).

Topic: Sunday, April 5: Rehearsal 1

Time: Apr 5, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 632 740 376

Password: 870502

Topic: Sunday, April 5: Rehearsal 2

Time: Apr 5, 2020 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 179 160 135

Password: 058991

A few reminders...

Please set up your computer (not a mobile device) so you can sit and stand.

The room should be well-lit with no direct light behind you.

The music should be in front and below your computer so you can see it and the screen (without bending down).

I had some problems with students using their mobile phone hot spots, so please use your wifi.

Please print out the PDFs you will receive by email.

One Homework Assignment before You Come Online

1) Lie down on a hard surface (the floor will do; you don't need to go to Home Depot to buy plywood or place boards on your bed);

2) Place your hands on your lower abdomen;

3) Start to breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly, observing what happens to your tummy (when it rises and when it comes down);

4) Don't do this in front people you don't trust–they may think you are strange! (Well, you may trust them and they will still think you are strange.)

Mary of Egypt

Holy Mother Mary, Pray to God for Us!

Troparion of Palm Sunday

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the branches of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!

The Apolytikion (Troparion in the Slavic tradition) is sung before the apolysis (dismissal) at Vespers and summarizes the essence of the feast being celebrated that day.
The Holy Friday Lamentations

Holy Friday Lamentations

Stasis 1: beginning

Stasis 2: 8:40

Stasis 3: 15:00

Notice how slowly the Lamentations are sung here. Also, please listen to the ison and how it amplifies the melody and the text, deepens our awareness of their beauty. Interestingly, the practice of using this supporting note below the melody was introduced into Byzantine chanting in the 16th Century with the first example of a notated ison appearing in 1847. The practice of using ison is a relatively modern one; Byzantine Chant was likely sung in a monophonic fashion, as a single melody with no accompanying voices.


John Tavener in conversation with Michael J. Stewart on Mary of Egypt

Sir John Tavener, British Orthodox Composer, Describes His Opera

Mary of Egypt, Act III: Bless Duet

Mary of Egypt, Act III: Bless Duet

Soma Christou Virtual Choir

"Soma Christu" by Tikey Zes, Sung by a Virtual Choir

Down to the River - Virtual Choir

"Down to the River," Sung by a Virtual Choir