What are spiritual songs?
For more than ten years, our Church has suffered from the lack of a collection of our spiritual songs (I prefer than term to paraliturgical hymns, although they mean the same thing – music for singing by the people, on spiritual themes, but not part of the Liturgy itself).
Last year, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute was asked by our Music Commission to begin work on such a collection. This project officially starts today, with spiritual songs for the Nativity season, along with hymns for Saint Nicholas and Theophany.
What you can do to help
Here is a list of songs for the Nativity season (from November 14 to January 6) that I am planning to work on over the next month. Each each song, these will be a thread on this blog covering its history, versions, music, and translations, along with any known issues we ought to resolve.
Please ADD (in a comment) anything you think should be on this list.
Please COME BACK periodically and add your thoughts on each hymn as the work progresses.
I hope to have a final version of this collection done one week before the feast of the Nativity.
Music for the Nativity Fast
Come, O Jesus (moleben responsory)
The Ancient Prophecies
O Father Nicholas (Otce Nikolaje)
O who loves Nicholas the saintly (O kto kto)
Angels from heaven (So nebes anhel)
Eternal God, through gates of birth (Boh predvichnyj)
God the Lord eternal shows himself to us (Hospod, Boh predvichnyj)
God’s Son is B0rn (Boh sja razhdajet)
Heaven and earth now welcome their Redeemer (Nebo i zeml’a)
In the town of Bethlehem (V Viflejemi novina)
Jesus came from heaven (Spas nas narodilsjaa)
Joyful news to the whole world (Nova radost’ stala)
Joyful tidings come out day (Radost nam sja javl’ajet)
Rejoice, all nations, God has become man (Christos rodilsja)
Wondrous news to the whole world (Divnaja novina)
You three kings (Trije Cari)
The choirs of angels sing (Anhely sohlasno)
To Jordan’s water