Orthodox Christian Music – Samples

Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical music has it’s beginnings in the apostolic worship of the first century which was naturally based upon the Judaic chant at the time of Jesus Christ.  The singular purpose of Orthodox music is to unite the soul (“nous”) with God through prayer and to impart the holy doctrines of the Faith.  It’s purpose is not entertain or to evoke a merely emotional response but to open the heart to the Spirit of God.  

The following are links to traditional Orthodox chant from all over the world.  What is now referred to as “Byzantine Chant,” the original musical form of the Church, was adopted and adapted wherever the gospel was preached and planted.  The Gregorian chant of the West was also adapted from this original form of Christian chant.  Please enjoy these samples!

English/American: Boston Byzantine Choir (“Rejoice, O Bethany” for Lazarus Saturday)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rju5GyVtfnQ

 

English/American: Father Apostolos Hill (“Blessed are You, O Lord” for funeral service)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SNIuHcg_zA

 

Greek: Simonapetra Monastery (Polyeleos):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52AOQ8DJc1o

 

Russian Chant: Valaam (O Pure Virgin) singing starts at 1:28 mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7vvPXz-Qes

 

Georgian Chant (Cherubic Hymn):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDgNVoIwGsc

 

Serbian Chant (Blessed be the Lord God):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzD_25kaRXQ

 

Arabic Chant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-EfW7gYzns

 

Romanian Chant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JfpacjZWyw