|As noted above, which is from the record label, this is not the complete service, but it is a
complete version of the LP record commemorating the event. The
LP record originally available to us was quite used and was also scratched in
several places. The digitized version, provided here, was
rendered from a well-worn analog tape copy (made in 1984) of the LP
record (since unavailable), and was not enhanced or filtered.
We believe this recording is significant in several
ways. It is a live recording of the Divine Liturgy in
1966. It is entirely Carpathian-Rus' prostopinije --
plainchant -- and shows the dependence on, and variations from, the Prostopinije
itself. It documents the era of transition from Slavonic to
English, still preserving much of the Slavonic for us latter generations
who encounter it less and less in the liturgy. This recording
also documents an era of (ending) latinization and yet, except for the
telltale ringing of the small bells, one would not sense anything
but the authentic eastern -- orthodox -- spirit of the chant.
It is a prime example of the full congregational participation
in the singing, preserved in the Ruthenian churches in the US, that
was encountered in the motherland by von Gardner who noted: “In
Subcarpathian Rus’ in all the villages ... there was always
practiced only congregational singing of the complete services ...
The impression proved to be overwhelmingly strong.”
We believe the impression here is also one that is “overwhelmingly
strong.” May we be faithful to the legacy of our
forbearers by keeping this, our plainchant, as a vital, beautiful,
sensual, element of our liturgy. As they did so well, may we
also" lift up our hearts" and blend our voices in praise
and worship of God..