Through the Grace of God and the hard work of countless helpers, we have produced a professionally recorded and digitally mastered, 74-minute CD, entitled the Lamentations of Holy and Great Saturday. The service itself is the Lamentations section of Holy Saturday Matins, which is usually sung on Holy Friday night. Using the traditional Byzantine melodies, this full-length version of the three stases of the Burial Service of Christ is, as far as we know, the only English language CD like it in the world.
Byzantine Chant is among the most ancient forms of Christian hymnody. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, all worship services primarily consist of chant and choral singing. During Great Lent, no sacred music is more poignant or powerful than the three distinct Byzantine melodies used in this version of the Lamentations. It is said that the angels praise God through song. This album seeks to emulate the angels and encourages listeners to reach with heart, mind, and voice to glorify the Creator—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This product is a digital download of the Lamentations of Holy Saturday album, all three stases in their entirety as three separate tracks, and in two file formats: lossless FLAC and compressed MP3.
Each stasis is also available for purchase individually:
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Lamentations of Holy Saturday CD is a ministry of Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (OCA) in Culver City, CA.
30-second clips of each stasis can be heard below.
“Christ is crucified and laid in the tomb.”
“The earth trembles in travail at the sacrifice of the Creator of life.”
“In His death lies the hope of the Resurrection.”