II. CD'S/AUDIO CASSETTES/AUDIO BOOKS (in English)
This unique, prayerfully chanted, four-audio-cassette set makes accessible some marvelous examples of the rich Orthodox heritage of prayer. All these prayers/hymns are beautiful and powerful evocations of the life of faith, and can assist the listener in cultivating greater depths and heights of knowledge and communion with the Lord.
Prayer is the heart and center of the spiritual life, and any desire to know God, to be conformed to the Image of Christ, and to "acquire the Holy Spirit," must be rooted in private prayer, in addition to corporate liturgical prayer. During its almost 2,000 years of existence, the Orthodox Christian Church has created the most incredibly vast treasure of rich, profound and beautifully poetic prayers/hymns. This magnificent treasure has so much to offer: created by experienced spiritual masters, the prayers are guides for each generation, teaching us both how to pray and the content of our Faith, for true Christian theology always proceeds from the life of prayer.
This prayerfully chanted four-audio cassette set makes accessible a few magnificent examples of the rich Orthodox heritage of prayer. Tape 1 features a varied selection of daily prayers and hymns for morning, mid-day and evening –-- about 10 minutes each, and one of the most beloved extended hymn-prayers, the Annunciation Akathist to the Mother of God. Tape 2 consists of prayers in preparation for receiving the awesome mystery of Holy Communion and becoming tabernacles of Christ. Tapes 3 & 4 contain four Akathists that deserve to be well known by all Orthodox faithful. They are such powerful evocations of the life of faith, that their power and beauty will move the listener to greater depths and heights of knowledge and communion with the Lord.
With many years experience chanting in the Orthodox Church, the chanter’s style is peaceful, soothing, and easy to listen to; the diction is clear, the pace comfortable, and the vocal quality pleasant.
The four audio cassettes in this set are packaged in a handsome 5" x 7" white, soft plastic case, that opens like a book or video case, with two cassettes on the left and two on the right. There are attractive slip-in covers on the front, back and spine, printed on beige card-stock, with an icon of Christ in Majesty on the front cover, and detailed notes on the back. (The icon is the central image of the Deisis on the east wall of the sanctuary of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford [metro-Detroit], Michigan. Click here to see it in color on the church's web page.)
These cassettes, A Treasury of Orthodox Christian Prayers, Volume 1, are intended for individual and family prayer, as well as to assist people in bringing a greater dimension of prayer to any work or leisure activity. It is also ideal for commuters; the sight-impaired; the home-bound; the sick; those in nursing homes and hospitals; for those away from home in the military, prison or at school; and to listen to while driving to church and on trips. These cassettes are also ideal for anyone of any age who wishes to learn how to chant, and for anyone who wishes to bring more prayer into his or her life.
|1. DAILY PRAYERS & ANNUNCIATION AKATHIST TO THE MOTHER OF GOD
|2. HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION PRAYERS
|3. AKATHIST: GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS & AKATHIST TO THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
|4. AKATHIST FOR HOLY COMMUNION & TO JESUS CHRIST
Please see the following four entries, # A-3, 4, 5 & 6, for a description of each cassette.