CLOSED: Unfading Rose CD {giveaway}

Some of you may remember the CD by Unfading Rose that I raved about awhile back.  Well, I have a copy to give away!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me one of your favorite hymns! For extra entries, tweet or facebook this giveaway and leave the links in the comment section.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, December 27. 

This CD is absolutely beautiful.  The fact that these young girls love their faith enough to study and learn the art of Byzantine chant amazes me.  And puts me to shame, quite honestly.  What a beautiful thing to see young people sharing their love for God.  So humbling and just absolutely beautiful.  What a gift…

Listening to this type of chanting is also a great way for us and our children to become more familiar with the apolytikia of the Church.

Here is a little bit about the precious girls who form their angelic little choir:

Six girls, ages eleven to fourteen, are the voices behind this new Byzantine Children’s Choir:  Regina, Eleni, and Philothei Vasilopoulos joined together with Kyranna, Alexandra, and Kassiani Mamalakis.

Throughout their lifetime, the girls have enjoyed chanting, which has enabled them to perform the compilation of hymns on this CD. The two sets of sisters learned the hymns separately and, then, came together for two weeks to put the final touches on the hymns and record the CD.

The three Vasilopoulos girls learned the hymns under the direction of their parents, Sotirios and Georgia Vasilopoulos. Sotirios and Georgia grew up in Athens, Greece. Sotirios is a physician and Georgia is a teacher of Greek literature. They were both exposed to the rich tradition of Byzantine Music in the churches and monasteries of Greece and had the opportunity to study this music with various Greek teachers and chanters.

Sotirios and Georgia, with their seven children live in Allentown, PA, where they are teachers of Byzantine music. Georgia directs the children’s choir at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Sotirios teaches Byzantine music classes for children and adults. They envision a closer contact of the Orthodox American family with Byzantine Ecclesiastic music and are devoted to promoting this music in America today.

The three Mamalakis girls have been learning hymns for many years from friends and family members, and have been blessed to study Byzantine Music with Father Michael Razzouk and Nektarios Antoniou, both chanters and graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, MA.  The Mamalakis girls enjoy chanting, on occasion, in Orthodox churches in the Boston area. They live in Boston, MA, with their parents, Philip and Georgia Mamalakis and their other four siblings.

Be sure to check out their website here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NO. 09– ELIZABETH IN ALASKA WHO WON THIS GIVEAWAY!!  Please email your shipping info to Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com! 

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Stay tuned for another giveaway soon! 

Comments

  1. My all time favorite hymn is “All Who Have Been Baptized”.

  2. Count me in! :) One of my favourite Orthodox songs is ‘O Bethany’ … what a beautiful CD!

  3. ooo, they are all beautiful……it will take me a lifetime to decide…

  4. I posted on facebook:)

  5. People like to talk about old hymns, but in truth, the oldest known Christian hymn, outside of the Bible, is a beautiful little song called “O Gladsome Light.”

    We sing this as part of vespers and also during the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts during Lent. Both the words and the melody are hauntingly beautiful, and it’s a beautiful song of praise focusing on God.

    I realize the song was originally written in Greek, but I love the English translation we use. Just the word “gladsome” sends chills down my spine. And I love the archaic phrase “for meet it is at all times.” And I love the idea of the “light of evening.” I believe it’s talking about the wonderful time of twilight, when the light takes on a mystical, otherworldly essence.

    Most of all, I love the way the song draws our focus toward God and not ourselves.

    Here are the words we use in our church:

    O Gladsome Light of the holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ. Now we have come to the setting of the sun and behold the light of evening. We praise God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For meet it is at all times to worship Thee with voices of praise, O Son of God and Giver of Life, therefore all the world doth glorify Thee.

    (This is taken from my blog, Exploring Orthodoxy)

  6. Ooo, favorite hymn is a toughie… Though I LOVE the Nativity music, I think I’ll have to go with something from Holy Week: “Today is suspended on the tree…”

  7. Vetta Pierson says:

    What Shall We Offer You
    What shall we offer You, O Christ,
Who, for the sake of the cosmos
entered Your creation as a human?
Every creature made by You offers thanksgiving:
The angels offer a hymn;
The heavens offer a star;
The magi offer gifts;
The shepherds offer their wonder;
The earth offers a cave in which to be born;
The wilderness offers a manger;
And we offer you a Virgin Mother!
O pre-eternal God, grant us love and mercy!
    – from the Vespers of the Nativity

  8. Nicole Hasak says:

    My favorite hymn is one that I learned at church camp as a child. It is the Hymn to St. Sava. St. Sava is the Serbian patron Saint of medicine, education and especially of children.

  9. Elizabeth in Alaska says:

    I attend a church where most of the hymns are sung in Slavonic, so forgive me, I do not know all of their names in English. I do love Rejoice, Unwedded Bride. I would love to win this cd.

  10. What a beautiful CD! I just listened to the sample tracks on the website. I am not Orthodox, I am Roman Catholic, but I would love this CD. It is just so lovely!

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      They are lovely aren’t they? This CD is one of mine and my children’s favorites. Another great one is Great Saints and Major Feasts sung by Eikona and their children. Such a great way for the entire family to learn the hymns of the church! :) Thanks for entering, Kathy!

  11. Hi Sylvia,

    I would really love to win this CD. These girls are so blessed, and their families.

    I have a few, but really like “Thy Bridal Chamber” which is chanted at Pascha.

    Thankyou and have a blessed Christmas with your family.

    Angela

  12. How lovely these young girls made this CD! I am learning to chant now, and as I read these comments I think, Oh yes! I like that one too. It’s hard to choose a favorite. I do love Awed by the Beauty, the Hymn of Kassiani, and the communion hymns, but my favorite at the moment is “Behold the Time of our Salvation” because it speaks of God as the lover of mankind. So beatuiful! Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. One of my favourite hymns is “Tis Theos Megas” (What God is as Great as Our God?). I think CDs like this are wonderful. May God bless the girls for their hard work!

  14. I too love Rejoice, Unwedded Bride but my favorite Christmas hymn (that I know as a recent convert) is God is With Us!

  15. elissa bjeletich says:

    I love “Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride” but truth is, “Aghios O Theos” is absolutely my favorite thing in the world. “Aghios, Aghios, Aghios” is up there too, and “Those who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ forevermore, Alleluia!” I’d better stop now… :)

  16. Sarah Wright says:

    Oh, I’m sorry I missed out on this giveaway. The CD sounds lovely. I love “Blessed is the Man” from Vespers.

  17. Orthodox Mom says:

    Thank you everyone for entering and sharing your favorite hymns!! I know how hard it is to narrow it down to just one!! :) Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon!

  18. Anna Hale says:

    I know it is too late to enter the contest, but my favorite hymn is “Come let us worship and bow down before Christ. Save us o Son of God who arose from the dead.” from the Divine Liturgy.

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