A compilation of prayers from nine various Orthodox services. The Orthodox church, in addition to having services for special events (weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc) also has daily services, although their daily application is more prevalent in Orthodox monasteries. These services further the life and daily habit of ceaseless prayer. Vespers is sung usually in the late afternoon or early evening, Compline is sung around bedtime, Nocturne, also referred to as the Midnight Office is sung at midnight. Matins (also called Orthros) is sung typically very early in the morning, often before the sun rises. The Hours (First, Third, Sixth, and Ninth) are sung at seven a.m., nine a.m., noon, and three p.m. respectively.
This CD title "Wound My Soul" is taken from the prayer of St Basil the Great from the end of the Sixth Hour service: "Wound our souls with Thy love..." Perhaps a love and heart that aches for something or someone that you can’t stand to be separated from; for God in the Song of Solomon and in John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet #14,” for a daughter in James Russell Lowell’s poem “The First Snowfall.”
Special thanks to:
- Margo Sinkevitch (soprano and alto)
- Mary Karbo (soprano and alto)
- David Sinkevitch (bass)
for singing on this CD, without whom this CD would have been a very monotonous overdose of tenor. Each track annotates who sings on each song.
All music is recorded, composed and original to Calvin Peters with the following exceptions: Psalm 6 based on Russian Kievan tone six, St Mary of Egypt based on Russian Obikhod tone eight, Paraclesis Canon makes use of traditional Canon melodies for the irmoi and refrains. Visit philomel11.com/church-music.html
for sheet music to some of these songs.
Texts and translations are credited with each song individually where applicable. But additional thanks to: St Tikhon’s Seminary Press in Waymart, Pennsylvania; St Vladimir’s Seminary Press in Yonkers, New York; St John of Kronstadt Press in Liberty, Tennessee; Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York; Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Massachusetts; and the Stavropegic Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, United Kingdom.
Cover: Icon by Khouria Janet Peters, mother of Calvin Peters. Khouria Janet earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Central Michigan University, and her Master’s in Art Education from Michigan State University. She has been painting (writing) icons for over 20 years and has painted icons in St James Orthodox Church (see saintjamesorthodoxchurch.net)
. She has taught several icon painting classes and has also received several commissions. Thanks, Mom.
All proceeds go to St Sabbas Monastery, Harper Woods, Michigan.